Town centre manager awarded an MBE by the Queen says: “I accepted the honour on behalf of Hitchin.”

Keith Hoskins MBE

Keith Hoskins MBE - Credit: Archant

Hitchin’s long-serving town centre manager had a day to remember on Tuesday after he received an MBE from the Queen in a red carpet ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Keith Hoskins was recognised for his services to the community in the honours list published to mark the new year.

He told the Comet: “It was just a really lovely day. The weather was beautiful, and the setting at Windsor Castle was resplendent.

“The Queen has traditionally had strong links with Hitchin – and very fond memories of visiting here in the summer of 2012.

“It was an honour to receive the award – but I accepted it on behalf of the town itself.

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“It’s an honour for Hitchin, not myself.

“The medal will be on show in the Hitchin Initiative shop in Churchyard for the next week.”

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