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Rita Britton

Honorary Doctorate - 1999

Renowned fashion designer and owner of the Pollyanna fashion store, her work has featured in the Guardian, Cosmopolitan and a host of fashion magazines. The shop in Barnsley is the toast of Europe's top designers, attracting women of all ages, sizes and social groups.

She remains committed to local community, supporting the work of Barnsley Council and Northern College on job creation, economic regeneration and lifelong learning.

She is a member of the DfEE Skills Task Force and was granted freedom of the Borough of Barnsley in April 2000.

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