A FORMER Mayor has been awarded with an honorary title for her long-standing service.

Susan Loudon, who served Atherleigh ward from 1994 until 2016 with her last year in the position of mayor of the Wigan borough, was made an honorary alderman at a full council meeting on Wednesday for the work she carried out in her 22-year tenure.

The award is given to a person who served their community in which they live or work in with care and dedication above and beyond their duty.

Susan said: “I am overjoyed to have been given this title and will continue to put effort into Atherleigh and Wigan borough as a whole.”

Since her retirement last year, Susan has continued to work on schemes such as the gardening project Incredible Edible and helping with the Chowbent Chapel in Atherton.

In her final year as mayor, Susan also raised more than £30,000 for her chosen charity, Guide Dogs.

Current Wigan mayor Ron Conway said: “Susan has served the borough for a long time and has worked tirelessly to raise money, open up opportunities and engage with residents.

“It is fitting to recognise her work in this way and I would like to thank her for all that she has done and will hopefully continue to do.”