Sutton Bridge councillor named in New Year Honours list

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A parish councillor and two members of staff on the Queen’s Sandringham estate are among those recognised in the New Year Honours, which were announced on Tuesday night.

Michael Booth, vice-chairman of Sutton Bridge parish council, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for his 45 year contribution to the village.

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Mr Booth, 73, has been a parish councillor since 1969 and was first elected to the South Holland District Council in 1979.

He said: “I am very pleased and honoured that the people I represent felt I am worthy to have my name put forward.

“I came home for a cup of tea and the letter was in the post. When I saw the envelope say House of Commons I had to sit down.

Elsewhere, Daniel James Harvey, a senior engineer at Sandringham, has been made a member of the Royal Victorian Order.

The honour is bestowed by The Queen herself in recognition of a recipient’s service either to her or other members of the Royal Family.

And forestry foreman Andrew John Brown has been awarded the Royal Victorian Medal.

Other familiar names on the list include that of Norfolk’s former coroner, William Armstrong.

Mr Armstrong, who retired in September 2013 after 18 years in the role, has been appointed a CBE in recognition of his work to help the bereaved and for charity.