Stevenage residents recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Stevenage resident Arthur Bate has been given an OBE

Stevenage resident Arthur Bate has been given an OBE - Credit: Archant

THREE residents from Comet country have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Herts chief fire officer Roy Wilsher has been recognised in the honours list

Herts chief fire officer Roy Wilsher has been recognised in the honours list - Credit: Archant

The list, released on Saturday, includes Stevenage resident Arthur Bate, who has been given an OBE for services to people with disabilities in Hertfordshire as a result of his work as a disability adviser at Hertfordshire County Council.

The honour comes 10 months after Arthur, who was born with cerebral palsy, took part in the Paralympic Torch Relay following a nomination by Stevenage-based advocacy charity POhWER, which he helped set up.

Hertfordshire County Council foster carer Susan Edney, also from Stevenage, has been awarded an MBE for services to children and families.

Peter Desborough, from Kimpton, was also named on the list for services to regional economic policy and to the community in Hertfordshire.


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The finance officer, who works for the Government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, receives a BME.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s chief fire officer Roy Wilsher was one of four people to be given a Queen’s Fire Service Medal, while Bedfordshire Police’s retiring assistant chief constable Katherine Govier was awarded a Queen’s Police Medal.

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