Honour for the West’s local heroes


As stars celebrated and arguments raged around politial awards, West Country local heroes were yesterday celebrating their places on the New Year’s Honours list.

Emergency services workers are prominent among those honoured by the Queen.

Four members of Avon and Somerset Police have received awards.

tina_newman
Sex work liaison officer PC Tina Newman (right)

Former Chief Inspector Norman Pascal has been awarded the OBE; the MBE goes to police chaplain Adrian Prior-Sankey; while Chief Constable Andy Marsh has received the Queen’s Police Medal.

Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “During his time with the constabulary, Norman’s work with the diverse communities of Avon and Somerset led to much respect and support from all those who worked alongside him.

“Adrian’s contribution to the local community of Taunton and in supporting the wider policing effort has and continues to be invaluable and this recognition is richly deserved.

Sex work liaison officer PC Tina Newman is awarded the Queen’s Police Medal During nearly quarter of a century’s service with the police she has been based at Trinity Road police station in Bristol.

Her knowledge of sex workers helped her win the Specialist Operations Award at this year’s Be Proud Awards.

paul_walker
Chief Fire Officer of Cornwall Fire and Res- cue Service, Paul Walker

Chief Fire Officer of Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, Paul Walker, has been recognised with the Queen’s Fire Service Medal.

Paul joined Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service in September 2009 after 20 years’ operational and managerial experience in Somerset County Fire Brigade, London Fire Brigade and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

Sarah Hogan, a team manager in children’s services for Bath and North East Somerset Council, has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM).

She has been honoured for her excellent work on behalf of vulnerable children, said the council.

A founding father of Cornwall’s International Male Choral Festival – now the largest event of its kind in the world – has been made MBE.

john_larke
John Larke, a founding father of Cornwall’s International Male Choral Festival

John Larke, who was instrumental in setting up and developing the world-renowned Festival, and who has been part of the key team working on it for almost 18 years, has been honoured for his services to music in Cornwall.

John – who has also sung with the City of Truro Male Voice Choir for the past 30 years and been its chairman for the last 15 – said he wanted to stress he is one of a huge number of people who devote their time and energy to celebrating the male choral tradition.

Other West Country BEM winners include: Eddie Martin, Ferndown, Dorset; Stephen Terence Taylor, Midsomer Norton; Eileen Mary Magee, Hartpury; Henry Arnold Hill, Down Thomas, Plymouth; Mrs Margaret Louise Frost, Bude; Frances Edwards, Bishopsteignton; Rosemarie Enid Dowie, Weston-super-Mare; Ros Jane Dolding, Bridgwater; Terry George Bolt, Callington.

This article first appeared in the Independent. To get the latest articles when they appear, buy the print edition every Sunday or subscribe to our online edition HERE.