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Medals of honour for work in the community

Posted on: 10 October 2012

Devon’s finest have been honoured by the Queen this week when they were presented with a British Empire Medal.

Chosen for their tireless community work and dedication, the nine men and women from across the County were named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June after the medal was reintroduced for the Jubilee year.

Set in the backdrop of County Hall, they were presented with their awards by Devon’s Lord Lieutenant, Eric Dancer CBE JP, the Queen’s representative in the county, at a special ceremonial event.

He said:

“These people are true community champions, and I was delighted to present them with their British Empire Medals. They have all carried out so much work to help others, and fully deserve the recognition the medal brings.

“I hope the dedication and hard work they have provided to their communities will be an inspiration to all.”

The British Empire Medal is awarded for meritorious service worthy of recognition by the Crown. It marks an achievement or contribution of a very ‘hands-on’ service to the community in a local geographical area. This might take the form of sustained commitment in support of very local charitable and/or voluntary activity, or innovative work that has delivered real impact but that is relatively short (three to four years) in duration.

Photo gallery of the award presentations.

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For more information on each of the recipients, please click on the links below.

Anthony Smith – received the BEM award for services to the community in Paignton

Janet Sawyer – received the BEM award for services to Employment and Culture in East Devon

Marian Daniel – received the BEM award for services to the community in Whimple

Eileen Rooke – received the BEM award for services to charity (Honiton Hospiscare)

Joy Seward – received the BEM award for services to the community through Sidmouth in Bloom in East Devon

Patricia Tucker – received  the BEM award for services to the community of Berrynarbor in North Devon

Ian Dingle – received the BEM award for services to the community in  Plymouth and Tavistock

Kenneth Bovey – received the BEM award for charitable services through the Salvation Army

Ronald Crabb – received the BEM award for services to the community in the City of Exeter

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