Humbling experience for city’s medal winners

Investiture of the British Empire Medal by Sir Hugh Duberly, Lord Lieutenant of Cambs at the Town Hall to  Brian Gascoyne EMN-170327-230149009

Investiture of the British Empire Medal by Sir Hugh Duberly, Lord Lieutenant of Cambs at the Town Hall to Brian Gascoyne EMN-170327-230149009

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Charity fundraisers and community champions were presented with prestigious awards at a ceremony at Peterborough Town Hall.

Three city residents who were awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List picked up their medal from by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire

Sir Hugh Duberly, while Nick Thackray was awarded the South Atlantic Medal.

Brian Gascoyne, chairman of the Millfield and New England Regeneration Partnership (MANERP) was one of the recipients of the award for his community work.

He said: “It was a bit of a surreal moment. It was nice to see how many people there are doing amazing things in the community.

“It was a humbling thing in the Mayor’s Parlour. Everyone was very appreciative of what others had done.”

Denise Speakman, treasurer,Ethos Home Offi c e Sports and Social Association picked up the British Empire Medal for public service.

Mohammed Farooq, owner of the Maharani’s restaurant, picked up the award for his charity work. He is already planning his next charity project.

He said: “Last week I visited the children’s ward at Peterborough City Hospital, and they need a cardiac echo machine to help diagnose babies with heart conditions.

“I have set a target to raise £70,000, and the project will begin in the next few weeks.

“I was very humbled and touched to attend the ceremony this week and learn all about the other candidates who were picking up their medals.”