MP writes a wrong over letters mix-up

Pensioner Betty Broomhead and the letter congratulating her on her sucess in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards
Pensioner Betty Broomhead and the letter congratulating her on her sucess in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards

AN 82-YEAR-OLD great-grandmother and an award-winning sports star have been caught up in a case of mistaken identity.

Elizabeth Broomhead was surprised when she received two letters which congratulated her for clinching top awards — including an MBE – for services to netball.

But retired nurse Elizabeth, who lives in Fairfield with husband James, was the wrong recipient of the letters, both from High Peak MP Andrew Bingham.

Instead they should have gone to former England netball coach Liz Broomhead, 63, of Hartington, recently named BBC East Midlands Sports Unsung Hero and made an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Elizabeth’s daughter Lynne Bould said: “When we read the letters we were a bit confused, surprised and entertained – after all, mum’s never touched a netball!

“But then we realised there had been a mix-up after we heard about Liz.”

Lynne, 46, an auxiliary nurse, of Fairfield, added: “We can see the funny side to it all – it’s raised a smile for lots of members of our family.”

Mr Bingham said: “Naturally I was surprised to see I had written to the wrong lady and I can see the funny side of it from her family’s point of view.

“Since being elected I have sent dozens of letters to local constituents in recognition of their various achievements using the addresses obtained from the electoral roll or the phone directory.

“For some reason this letter has gone to the wrong lady.

“However, I will continue to send letters of congratulation as it is important that people do get the recognition for some of the great deeds and achievements they do.

“Whilst we scan the local newspapers for these achievements, if anyone is aware of something that may not have made the papers I would ask them to contact my office on 01298 26698 to let me know.”