Local heroes honoured in today's graduation ceremony

Posted on 3rd November 2010
The following people will be conferred with Honorary Degrees by the University of Chester today, Wednesday.
John Price MBE will receive a Master of Science for his contribution to the City of Chester and promotion of international links.

John Price served on Chester City Council for over 40 years and received an MBE for services to Local Government in 2005. For much of his career he was also a paid officer for the Post Office Engineering Union and had a lifelong and on-going active commitment to trade unionism.

For three years, 1974 - 1977, he served simultaneously on Chester City Council and Cheshire County Council. He was Leader of the Council during a joint cabinet with the Liberals and was Lord Mayor of Chester in 1989.

In 1990 he was instrumental in establishing the Chester International Links Association and was Founding Chair, only retiring last year. He became a member of the Local Government Twinning Committee and Executive Chair and President of the Walled Town Friendship Committee which represents 700 walled towns around Europe.

The Right Honourable the Lord Hoyle will receive a Doctor of Letters for the outstanding contribution made to the Borough of Warrington for nearly three decades and the service afforded to its residents.

He was elected Labour MP for Nelson and Colne from 1974 - 1979. Two years later he successfully stood for Warrington and when constituency boundaries were redrawn in 1983 Doug became MP for Warrington North and retained the seat until 1997.

He and his wife Pauline took a particular interest in the health services in and around Warrington. In 1997 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Hoyle of Warrington in the County of Cheshire.

He has been a member of the Labour Party National Executive and Parliamentary Labour Party Parliamentary Committee. He was Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party from 1992 to 1997 and a member of the Shadow Cabinet. He spent two years on the front bench in the House of Lords as Government Spokesperson for Defence; Home Office and Agriculture and was a Government Whip.

He was made a Freeman of the City of Gibraltar in 2004 for his support for self-determination for the people of Gibraltar, and in 2010 was awarded the Gibraltar Medallion of Honour. He also received the title Freeman of Warrington in 2005.

Lord Hoyle has recently been appointed to the Lord's Taverners - the all-party cricket club. He is also Deputy Chair of the all-party Rugby League Group. He has a long involvement with Warrington Wolves Rugby League Football Club where he was Chair for 10 years before becoming President in 2009.

Eric Plenderleath will receive a Masters of Arts in recognition for his contribution to the City of Chester and promotion of the performing arts.

Eric served with Tarvin Parish Council for over 26 years working to establish the Tarvin Community Centre in 1974, and remained on the committee for 20 years.

He was elected to Chester City Council to represent Tarvin in 1987 and remained an elected member for 22 years. In 2007 he was Executive Member for the Culture and Community portfolio, and took keen interest in Heritage and Leisure and International Relations. He is also Chairman of Chester International Links Association.

He was Deputy Lord Mayor from 1998 - 99, and Lord Mayor from 1999 until 2000. He retired from local government in 2009. He was made an Alderman of Chester that year, and was also granted the Freedom of the City.

For seven years he was District Commissioner for the Scouts, and is currently Vice President of Chester District Scouts Association, and Vice Chair of the Gang Show Business Committee. He also sat on the Board of the Gateway Theatre in Chester for 18 years and was Deputy Chair of the Board of Chester Performs. He was also a member of North West Arts from 1996 - 1999 and again from 2007 to 2008.