a DOWNING Street reception organised by Clitheroe entrepreneur and councillor Kevin Horkin showcased all that is best in Lancashire.
The event, held at 11 Downing Street, was in support of the Community Foundation for Lancashire, a charitable trust which helps donors to support their community by channelling money into community projects.
It is part of a nationwide network of community foundations which collectively delivered £70m. throughout the UK last year.
A hundred guests, including Lancashire dignitaries, celebrities, business people and those with a strong interest in Lancashire were invited to the reception, which was hosted by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.
Among the famous faces were Cilla Black, Denise Welch and Carol McGiffin – all panellists on the top ITV daytime show “Loose Women” – plus actor William Roache (Coronation Street’s Ken Barlow) and “Stars in Their Eyes” winner and Shirley Bassey impersonator Maxine Berry.
Organiser Kevin Horkin, who last week won seats on Ribble Valley Borough Council and Clitheroe Town Council, commented: “One of the highlights of the event was seeing the outspoken lady trio from ‘Loose Women’ coming face to face with the Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. The Chancellor said jokingly ‘Are we sure Downing Street is ready for this?’
“But what the 100 assembled guests were impressed with was learning about the work of the Community Foundation for Lancashire. This was a great showcase for Lancashire,” added Mr Horkin.