Cathedral tribute for exceptional public servant

The huge contribution of former Kent County Council (KCC) Chairman Ann Allen MBE to Kent is to be celebrated in a Service of Thanksgiving at Canterbury Cathedral.

Ann Allen MBE

Tickets to attend the service on Wednesday 25 May are available online only at You can also use the link to register for a virtual ticket to view a livestream of the event if you are unable to attend in person.

A digital book of condolence can also be found at where you can share a tribute, memory or kind message in Ann’s honour, which will be passed onto Ann’s family.

Current Kent County Council Chairman Lesley Game said: “Ann was incredibly devoted to public service, greatly loved and very much missed.

“I can think of no more fitting way to remember her dedication and determination to make a difference, especially to the children and young people of Kent.”

A retired catering officer for the Dartford Hospitals, and a former foster carer, Mrs Allen was made an MBE for her services to the community in Dartford and Wilmington in 2014.

First elected to the County Council in 1997, she was a member of Wilmington Parish Council from 1983 and Dartford Borough Council since 1987.

KCC Chairman Lesley Game (left) with Honorary Aldermen (centre) and Vice-Chairman Gary Cooke (right) described Ann as a ‘fantastic mentor’ when elected to the role in February

At KCC she held the post of Chief Whip for more than 10 years and was for a time Deputy Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education.

She also chaired the Corporate Parenting Panel, displaying her deep and intensely personal commitment to the young lives in Kent County Councils’ care.

Anyone who wishes to attend or view the service but does not have access to the internet, or an email address, can contact the KCC Civic Office who will be happy to register attendance on your behalf.

The Civic Office can be reached on 03000 416075 or 03000 416238.

The service starts at 11am. Doors will open from 10.15am and guests should be seated by 10.40am.

Further details are provided when you receive your tickets via email. Tickets can either be printed and brought with you to the service or presented on your mobile phone on arrival.

Cathedral tribute for exceptional public servant was last modified: March 24th, 2022 by Scarlett Elworthy