An Oldham councillor, who was born in Mossley and represents Saddleworth South, has been made an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.
Councillor John Hudson who has served the local community in a wide range of capacities for more than 40 years, has been honoured for his public, political and charitable services in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list, which was officially published on Friday.
The councillor celebrated his 78th birthday on Christmas Eve and, upon receiving the award, modestly proclaimed he was only a flag bearer for public service, thanking all of the people of Saddleworth and the local organisations and groups which he said truly deserved the award.
He said: “I realise that I am only a flag bearer – you can’t do public service unless you are backed by the public. My wife, Kathleen, my family and the people of Saddleworth and at all kinds of local organisations and group are the ones who really deserve an award.
“I simply couldn’t have done any of the things that I have without their support and understanding, so the praise goes to them. I thought I was too old for this sort of thing to be honest, so I was very shocked when I found out about it and checked it was right.”
John went on: “There have been many people who have made fantastic contributions to Saddleworth and Oldham and have gone without recognition like this, so for me to be given an OBE at this time in life is humbling.”