Medal presentation for Sutton Bridge councillor

Market House, Long Sutton, Michael Booth gets his BEM from the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire. 'People copied this shot sos may be in VOICE'From left - Mary and Michael Booth, Simon Booth, Ann-Marie Ward, Lord Leftenant Toby Dennis, Angela Newton ANL-150329-101407001
Market House, Long Sutton, Michael Booth gets his BEM from the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire. 'People copied this shot sos may be in VOICE'From left - Mary and Michael Booth, Simon Booth, Ann-Marie Ward, Lord Leftenant Toby Dennis, Angela Newton ANL-150329-101407001
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A Sutton Bridge councillor who has served his community for more than 40 years was honoured with a medal.

Michael Booth was presented with the British Empire Medal by the new Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Toby Dennis, on Saturday at the Market House in Long Sutton.

He was among scores of people across the country to be named in the New Year’s Honours list.

Mr Booth, 73, who is standing for re-election onto South Holland District Council and Sutton Bridge Parish Council, has raised more than £50,000 for numerous charities over the last 30 years.

He said: “I was very honoured to think that I was worthy of people putting my name forward.”

Mr Booth was first elected onto Lutton Parish Council in 1969 . In 1979 chaired a working party for the Sutton Bridge Estate, which undertook one of the first privatisations under Margaret Thatcher.

The party looked after the sale of 5,500 acres of agricultural land in Sutton Bridge, which had been owned by the Ministry of Agriculture.

He has also held numerous positions on both Sutton Bridge Parish Council and the district council.

Mr Booth said: “I would recommend being a councillor. In local government you are dealing with people and trying to make their lives better. That is what I have always tried to do.”