Ceremony honours those who help their community

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Sandy’s own Peter Harwood was among Bedfordshire residents recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List who were presented with their awards at a special ceremony.

Mr Harwood , formally the chief conciliator, Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, was awarded an OBE for services to the economy and employment relations.

HM Lord Lieutenant Helen Nellis presented awards to eight recipients, as well as three British Empire Medals and the Lord-Lieutenant’s Community Engagement Award at a ceremony at the Shuttleworth Collection and the Swiss Garden, in Old Warden.

Dignitaries including High Sheriff of Bedfordshire the Countess of Erroll, Chairman of Central Bedfordshire Council Cllr David Bowater and Mayor of Luton David Taylor were joined by family members and friends of the recipients at the ceremony, where the award winners’ achievements were read out by the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets.

Mrs Nellis said: “I am delighted to be recognising Honours recipients, British Empire Medals and awards in Old Warden which has two of the jewels of Bedfordshire, the Shuttleworth Collection and Swiss Garden.

​“The success of Bedfordshire residents being honoured in these various ways is truly inspirational. This is high recognition of their exceptional career achievements and voluntary work.”