Emsworth man is honoured by Queen as defunct British Empire Medal is revived

Brendan Gibb-Gray
Brendan Gibb-Gray

THE QUEEN’S Birthday Honours have reached an individual close to home, with an Emsworth resident among those awarded for their outstanding efforts.

Achievement and success across the country has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, which was published on Saturday.

The list, published twice a year recognises individuals who have had an impact their community and acknowledges outstanding service to society.

There a number of different awards which recognise a range of different types of contribution an individual has made which are awarded by Her Majesty.

Brendan Gibb-Gray (pictured right) is among those being recognised for their efforts and for the impact they have had in the community.

Cllr Gibb-Gray, of Havant Borough Council, and also a committee member of Emsworth Community Association, has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community in Emsworth.

2012 marks the first time in almost two decades that the birthday honours list has included the British Empire Medal commendation.

It was abolished in 1993 by then Prime Minister John Major, on the grounds that it perpetuated class divisions – but this year it has been awarded to 293 people.

n Hazel and John Myers, of Pagham, have also received an MBE from Her Majesty in recognition for services to children and families.