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Celebrations were held for a charity that has served Hyndburn for 47 years.

Hyndburn's Mayor & Consort were among the special guests to attend the birthday of Accrington Lions at the newly refurbished Adelaide Suite, in Accrington.

The District Governor of 105 BN Barry Collins and his wife Erica and 87 Guests were also in attendance and enjoyed a dinner and was entertained by vocalist  Sarah Alexi.s Graham Jones MP gave a Partners & Guests speech and at the end of it agreed to become the 26th Lion member in Westminster.

Tracy Simmonds, president of the Accrington Lions has been behind many of the local projects which include Accrington Carnival, NHS Organ Awareness Event where herself and last years Mayoress Kath Pratt signed up to become organ donors. Some of the projects for this coming year will also include the Youth Awards and Peace Poster Competition as well as helping local families in need.  The annual Toy Appeal will be due to take place in December as well as one of our big fundraisers 46th Annual Boxing Event on Tuesday 2nd December. Tickets are on sale now £35. per person. Tel: Keith 01254 871578 or Purves 07931 756248

Accrington Carnival on June 13th, 2015 has a new route & new venue King Georges Playing fields, Hollins Lane, Accrington as Highams Playing Fields will not be ready for us to use.
For more information contact us on 0845 833 7386 email accringtonlion@sky.com


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Hyndburn MP Graham Jones, Mayor of Hyndburn Munsif Dad, Lion Barry Collins District Governor for Lions 105 BN, Accrington Lions President Tracy Simmonds, Lion Erica Collins, Mayor's Consort Mr Izrar Dad.




Former Coronation Street star, Julie Hesmondhalgh, has been nominated to receive Freeman of the Borough, the Borough’s highest honour, at Hyndburn’s Council meeting on 11th Sept. The vote was unanimous.

Born in Accrington on 25th February 1970 and educated at Hyndburn Park Primary School, Moorhead High School and Accrington & Rossendale College, Julie found nationwide fame as an actress in the long running Granada soap opera, Coronation Street, as much loved character Hayley Cropper.

Julie moved away to London in the late 1980’s to study music and drama, but she never forgot about her local roots and is a patron of Maundy Relief supporting the Charity with close links to the founder, the late Dorothy McGregor.

Cllr Ken Moss, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Arts, said;

“Julie is a local lass who has never forgotten her roots and has done some incredible work locally supporting the Maundy Relief Charity.

"We want to recognise her achievements at both local and national level and what better time to award Julie the Freedom of the Borough, in the year she left Coronation Street with her portrayal of the death of her character Hayley Cropper receiving industry wide recognition. This resulted in her winning the ‘Best Actress Honour’ at the 2014 British Soap Awards and ‘Best Serial Drama Performance’ at the 2014 National Television Awards.”

The Freedom of the Borough award ceremony is set to take place Autumn 2014.

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