Reigate residents honoured with recently reinstated British Empire Medals (From Redhill And Reigate Life)
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Reigate residents honoured with recently reinstated British Empire Medals
2:41pm Friday 19th October 2012 in News
Two Reigate residents have been honoured with the recently reinstated British Empire Medal at a special investiture ceremony.
Brenda Killick and David Spurrell were among seven people from Surrey who were presented with the medal by the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey Dame Sarah Goad DCVO JP at a ceremony at Clandon House in West Clandon, Guildford. The British Empire Medal was re-introduced to the Honours and Awards Board after 20 years in June to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on recommendation by the Prime Minister. Established in 1922, the last British Empire Medals were awarded in 1992.
The medal is awarded in recognition of the dedication and hard work of members of the local community.
Miss Killick was awarded in recognition of 70 years selfless devotion to the life of St Luke’s Church, Reigate, and its bridge building to the surrounding community.
Mr Spurrell was awarded in recognition for his consistent and inspirational management skills towards the growth of the Sovereign Youth and Community Centre in Reigate, now to be taken over by the YMCA.
In addition, the Lord-Lieutenant presented 18 members of the Reserve Forces and Cadet Movements from all three services – Sea, Army and Air - with medals and certificates in honour of their dedicated service to the Armed Forces and Cadet Movements throughout Surrey. Leading Cadet Nicole Lambert, 18, from Reigate, a former student at Reigate School, was named the Lord-Lieutenant’s Sea Cadet of the Year, and her new role will be in assisting the Lord-Lieutenant with her ceremonial duties throughout the year.
Dignitaries from across Surrey joined the Lord-Lieutenant for the ceremony, which was also attended by family, friends and colleagues.
The Lord-Lieutenant, the Queen's representative for Surrey, paid tribute to the award and medal recipients’ hard work and commitment to the local community and Reserve Forces, and thanked all the civilian employers for their understanding and support of staff serving in the Volunteer Reserves.
The Lord-Lieutenant’s duty is to uphold the dignity of the Crown throughout Surrey, whilst promoting a good atmosphere and a spirit of co-operation among voluntary services, benevolent organisations and the industrial and social life of the county.