A MAN from Comet country who was honoured by the Queen has received his award for community and voluntary work.

Robert Girvan, of Wymondley Road, Hitchin, joined five other Hertfordshire residents at an awards ceremony held on Tuesday at Hertfordshire County Council’s head office in Pegs Lane, Hertford.

The 66-year-old was presented with the British Empire Medal by the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Lady Verulam.

Mr Girvan, a Hitchin Priory Rotary member and former president, was honoured for his services to the town.

Among Mr Girvan’s achievement’s are that he plays a key part in the annual pancake race, has been a magistrate, and had made more than 630 blood donations over 48 years.

The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, The Countess of Verulam, said: “It was an honour to present the British Empire Medals on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen last year to some really deserving Hertfordshire residents.

“Again, this year’s British Empire Medals in Hertfordshire are going to people who have served their communities as outstanding volunteers.”

The British Empire Medal was revived to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee after a 10 year absence.

Mr Girvan also attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace along with others honoured by Her Majesty.