‘Mrs Harleston’ to be recognised by town council

Carol Wiles was named an MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list, in recognition of decades of service to Harleston. ANL-160601-150423009
Carol Wiles was named an MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list, in recognition of decades of service to Harleston. ANL-160601-150423009

A community champion dubbed ‘Mrs Harleston’ is set to be recognised by her town council at their annual meeting next month.

Carol Wiles, of Station Road, who was awarded the title of MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list in January, has served the town for 35 years.

It was really lovely when I got the invite and that will be a really special evening for me

Carol Wiles

Mrs Wiles has taken on numerous roles in that time, including town councillor, school governor, community fundraiser, and committee member for civic organisation Harleston’s Future. A presentation will be made to her on April 20, at 6.30pm at the Redehall with Harleston Town Council meeting at the leisure centre.

She told the Diss Express: “That’s the best thing, being recognised in Harleston itself. It was really lovely when I got the invite and that will be a really special evening for me.

“It is a lovely community, everybody helps each other. If anyone is ever in trouble, everyone goes and helps. And you don’t get that everywhere.”

Town council chairman Barry Woods added: “We are extremely proud to have such a person as Carol in Harleston.

“Over the years she has devoted her life and energy to the good of the town and the people, so the Council felt we could not let her being awarded the MBE go unnoticed.”

Mr Woods said the meeting would be more “people-friendly” and would feature representations from various organisations in the town.