An OBE for Eve, 75, an original Avon Lady

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WHEN grandmother Eve Taylor started up her skincare business in 1968 she never thought it would lead to her one day meeting the Queen.

WHEN grandmother Eve Taylor started up her skincare business in 1968 she never thought it would lead to her one day meeting the Queen.But, the Peterborough pensioner will get to do just that after she was made an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) today in the New Year Honours.

The 75-year-old was recognised for her services to Aromatherapy and to the Beauty Industry for her work at Eve Taylor Ltd, which is based at the Mallard Business Centre, in Bretton, Peterborough.

And she has come a long way since starting out as the first Avon rep in the south-east of England shortly after the end of the Second World War.

The mother of five, and grandmother of seven, trained at a beauty school then wrote a book filled with beauty tips.

She then launched her beauty empire in 1968, cooking up beauty therapies on her kitchen stove and developing the first aromatherapy skincare line to contain only pure natural essential oils.

Eve now travels the world promoting her products and lecturing at colleges across the globe.

She said: "It's an honour to be made an OBE. I'm thrilled and all my staff are very excited.

"Our target has always been education and improving the well-being of human beings. I think of it as well-being via the skin.

"People know me worldwide, and I love meeting people I have trained in the past," she added.

"When I first started there were very few colleges offering further education in skin care, it's totally changed since then. I meet people all over the world who I have trained and it excites me.

"All of my family are pleased for me and I'm pleased for them. They've all stood by me and helped support me when I've been away."

Three of her sons are now directors of Eve Taylor Professional Skin and Body Care, which has a 1 million turnover and employs 15 people.

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RAF officer Peter is so proud of MBE

WARRANT Officer Peter Bond has been made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his work leading his unit since 2004.

Warrant Officer for the Number 2 Squadron at RAF Wittering, Peter brought dynamic leadership to a unit that was suffering after spending 13 months supporting Operation Telic in Iraq.

He implemented an induction and development programme attracting an NVQ for junior personnel following professional driver training.

He was also the lynchpin of the squadron's relocation from RAF Stafford to RAF Wittering, and he led from the front when deployed on a Squadron detachment to Operation Herrick in Afghanistan.

He was particularly praised for his role in co-ordinating the repatriation of 14 personnel who were killed when an RAF Nimrod crashed in September, last year.

He lives at RAF Wittering during the week and spends his weekends at the family home in Stafford with his wife Karen and 17-year-old daughter.

He said: "This means everything, when I opened the envelope I was completely shocked and stunned. I'm very proud for me and my family, who have put as much effort into my career as they have sacrificed a lot. I'm deeply honoured to have been given the award.

"Everybody in my squadron contributes to the operational outlook, although I'm carrying this award it's for everybody both in the UK and in Afghanistan.

"We have 30 people in Afghanistan at any one time and they're all doing a fantastic job

"It's nice to be given an honour, especially one as prestigious as an MBE, they don't come along very often. It's been a very special day."

Church woman is rewarded

Dr Mary Elizabeth Tanner, has been awarded an OBE for her services to the Worldwide Anglican Church.

Dr Tanner, who lives near Stamford, is president of the World Council of Churches (WCC).

She has been a member of the WCC Faith and Order Commission since 1974, serving as its moderator from 1991 to 1998.