Queen’s Birthday Honours and Ironman

It’s always good when good things happen to good people.  The Queen’s Birthday Honours List this weekend has brought some well-deserved recognition for Staffordshire residents.  Philip Atkins’ 30 years of service to local government has been recognised with his appointment as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). As Philip put it, nobody goes into public service with a view of getting these rewards, but it’s certainly a good thing when they happen.

From a personal point of view, and as a governor of Staffordshire University, it was excellent to see David Gage, Chair of Governors, being recognised with an MBE for his charitable works.

These awards put the icing on an excellent weekend celebrating the Queen’s official birthday, with street parties and the Queen’s Birthday Parade.

Also in Staffordshire, we have had Ironman for the second year.  The weather could have been better for the spectators, but for the competitors, light rain is pretty good for keeping cool while burning off so much energy.  My congratulations and admiration to all of our colleagues who took part.

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