'It was a real privilege': Levens councillor steps down for health reasons (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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'It was a real privilege': Levens councillor steps down for health reasons
4:50pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A DISTRICT councillor has vowed to continue working in the community after she was advised to step down for health reasons.
Mary Orr had represented the Liberal Democrats on the Levens ward on South Lakeland District Council since 2011.
But she has now left her position following advice from doctors.
Among the highlights of her two-year stint included bringing an Age UK village agent to the area and securing funding for the 'Village Wheels' scheme.
Despite her short time in office, the retired teacher said she had learnt lots.
"I have really enjoyed it," she said. "I just wish I could have got involved earlier in my life but the doctor told me it was essential I stopped.
"If I do something I want to do it well but at the moment I cannot do that and that is not good for the people I represent.
"It was a real privilege; I just wish I was ten or 20 years younger so I could keep going."
Mary, who retired to the area following a career in teaching, took on the role after winning a by-election following the sudden death of long-serving coun Brenda Woof in January 2011.
"It all happened very suddenly," she said. "I had to be persuaded to take the job on but I am really glad I did."
She now plans to continue volunteering at St John’s Church and being a ‘face in the community’.
South Lakes MP Tim Farron thanked Mary for her service.
"Mary is a wonderful person and exemplifies what our area is about," he said.
"She is community spirited, passionate and caring. Mary has been a superb councillor and has acted as a strong voice for her local community."
A by-election has been called for Thursday October 17.
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