Tributes after death of Pudsey Carnival stalwart

Tom and Maureen Harrison pictured in 2011
Tom and Maureen Harrison pictured in 2011
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TRIBUTES have been paid to tireless community volunteer Maureen Harrison who helped organise the annual Pudsey Carnival for decades.

Grandmother-of-three Mrs Harrison, died suddenly at her home in Pudsey last Tuesday aged 76, just four days before she was due to celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary with husband Tom, 79.

Plans had been made for a family meal at a restaurant on Saturday night to celebrate the anniversary.

Simon Seary, chairman of Pudsey Carnival Committee, said: “She will be sadly missed. I looked up to her, she did a lot of work for the community. She was always happy, always busy and always had time for you.”

Mrs Harrison was a regular volunteer at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Pudsey and was involved with Scout groups, including the 4th Pudsey Scout Group, for more than 40 years.

The Scout Association recognised her many years of service by awarding her the Medal of Merit in 1985, the Silver Acorn in 2004, a bar to the Silver Acorn in 2011 and a 40 years long service award in 2011.

Kath Burrell, commissioner of West Leeds District Scouts, said: “Maureen gave so much time in her life to the movement and she will be greatly missed by many of us in West Leeds District.”

Mrs Harrison’s son Mark said: “She will be missed by a lot of people in Pudsey. She did so much for everybody else and didn’t worry about herself. She would do anything for anybody.”

Mrs Harrison also leaves daughter Anne and grandchildren Daniel, 16; Lauren, 10, and Aimee aged nine.

A date for Mrs Harrison’s funeral service has not yet been set.