Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson says he was honoured to j

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson with Melling Parish Council Chairman Cllr Andrew Kyle, Melling Civic Award winner and Scout leader Pam Hughes, Mayor and Mayoress of Sefton Cllrs Kevin and Linda Cluskey, Little Altcar Parish Council Chairwoman Cllr Anne Ibbs at Melling Civic Service.


Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson said he was honoured to attend Melling Civic Service which he said was a celebration of the village.

Bill joined dignitaries from throughout Sefton, including Mayor and Mayoress of Sefton Cllr Kevin and Linda Cluskey, at the special annual service at the historic St Thomas' Parish Church.

The service is organised by Melling Parish Council and included participation from young people from the village's Scouts and Guides groups.

This year's civic event also honoured Melling Scout leader Pam Hughes.

Bill said: "I'd like to thank Melling Parish Council chairman Cllr Andrew Kyle and his council colleagues for inviting me to the service.

"It is always a privilege to attend the Civic Services held by the parish councils across Sefton Central which are celebrations of the villages and their people.

"Pam Hughes was presented with the Melling Civic Award for her 31 years of work with the scouts in Melling. Pam was instrumental in the setting up of the new scout hall in 2004 which was built with the help of Lottery funding. She works tirelessly for her community and is a very popular winner of the award.

"She had no idea that she had won and was obviously thrilled at the honour."

Bill praised the work of Melling Parish Council.

The MP said: "Melling Parish Council do a great job promoting Melling and ensuring that the village is looked after.

"The parish council fought a successful campaign to keep its identity when they persuaded the Post Office to use Melling in postal addresses rather than incorporating the village into Maghull.

"I work closely with all the parish councils and it was good to see so many represented at the civic service in Melling.

"The civic service was a celebration for the parish council, community group,. local churches and individuals who work to make Melling a great place to live."

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