Congratulations to Staffordshire residents recognised in New Year’s Honours list

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas and a happy new year.  And speaking of New Year, once again it was great to see so many people from the county being recognised in the Queen’s Honours list.

We saw people from Staffordshire take their place alongside household names from sports, entertainment and the arts. Leading the way with a knighthood is Staffordshire equestrian Lee Pearson CBE, adding gold and silver in Rio to his previous tally of 12 medals. Also recognised was Uttoxeter swimmer Adam Peaty, who received an MBE for smashing world records on his way to collecting individual gold and relay silver. It was great to see our local athletes on the world stage with amazing performances in the summer and it’s fitting their years of training and dedication should be recognised by Her Majesty.

It’s not all about the stars though.  It’s also good to see that those who dedicate themselves in other ways, for example by helping their communities over many years, should also share the limelight at a time like this and be celebrated for their selfless efforts.

I would like to say a huge congratulations to all our Staffordshire residents recognised including, an OBE for Colin Bryan, of Tamworth, the CEO of Drayton Manor, for services to charity and the community; an OBE for David Gould, of Tamworth, for services to education; a BEM for Peter John Cave, of Newcastle, for his work with victims of, and witnesses to, crime; a BEM for David William Emley, of Stone, for services to higher education and natural history; a BEM to Margaret Heath, of Newcastle, for services to the community; and a BEM to Agnes Tiso, of Tamworth, for services to the community.

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