The Lord-Lieutenant was deeply saddened to hear that Janet had sadly passed away whilst she was being treated at hospital on Thursday 3rd November. Janet was a valued and active part of the Lieutenancy and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her, especially her colleagues and friends from the Lieutenancy Tameside District Committee.
Born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Janet was educated at Broadoak Primary, then Heartshead Secondary School before starting work for the Co-operative Insurance Society in 1975. She undertook a variety of roles culminating in that of Team Manager and Business Analyst before retiring in 2009 to devote more time to the Sea Cadets.
Janet joined the Sea Cadets, at Tameside, in 1975 rising to Third Officer where, in 1980, she was appointed in command of the Girls Nautical Training Contingent of the Sea Cadets. Moving on to the North East Lancashire District in in 1987, she was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 1994 on her appointment as District Officer. In 2006 she became the Senior Staff Officer for the North West of England and was promoted to Commander in 2009.
In addition to her routine responsibilities with the Sea Cadets, Janet assisted with the organization of and led the Sea Cadet arena displays at the Manchester Military Tattoo. She later went on to support the Commonwealth Games in Manchester where she took an active part in coordinating the various Sea Cadet elements involved in the welcoming and opening ceremonies and in particular the flag raising.
Janet was made a Deputy Lieutenant in 2012 and received an MBE in 2013. She was a very active Officer of the Lieutenancy, representing the Lord-Lieutenant, across Tameside. She served a term as the District Committee Chair helping the Lord-Lieutenant in her duties by promoting Honours and Queen’s Awards across the Borough amongst many other duties. Janet described herself as “not very photogenic” but always looked fabulously smart in her uniform, which she was always very proud to wear.
The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the Lieutenancy are with her husband, Mark, and all her family at this extremely sad time.