Community stalwart Coun. Eric Ronnan said farewell after serving on Whalley Parish Council for 37 years.
He has been chairman on four separate occasions during which he represented Whalley at Buckingham Palace in the presence of her Majesty, The Queen. His commitment to Whalley has been outstanding. Eric was one of the people involved in arrangements for the Kosovo refugees to come to the village. They were helped in their rehabilitation by local people at Calderstones.
The railway station was re-opened in 1994 by Eric as chairman of the parish council.
In 1984 Whalley Parish Council bought the site of Vale Gardens, which at that time was derelict with an unmade road and decrepit toilets. After much work the gardens have been re-opened andnew toilets have been built. Throughout this time Eric has been a focus for change. Not content with parish council business, Eric, for many years, was involved in the village hall project and was instrumental in ensuring a fine building was built and available for the community.
He is still a committed member of Whalley Tennis Club and is still a keen competitor especially against opponents some 50 years younger! During the last few years he has been involved in ensuring the survival of The Old Grammar School.