Honours system should recognise our unsung heroes
THE local recipients of various awards made as a result of the Queen's New Year honours list should be congratulated for their selfless devotion to helping to improve our community.
Heading the national lists of the athletes who performed superbly at the Olympic Games and the Paralympics in London during the Summer were Sir Bradley Wiggins, Sir Ben Ainslie and Dame Sarah Storey.
It is also not before time that Bristolian Professor Peter Higgs was recognised for his contribution towards science by being granted a Companionship of Honour.
While in no way wishing to detract from their superhuman efforts, I always think that the public recognition given to those representatives of the legions of community activists, charity workers and countless 'ordinary people' by the honours system is particularly refreshing.
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In my patch, community champion George Denford (of the Withywood Community Forum and various other bodies) was created a Member of the Order of the British Empire two years ago. My late council colleague, Ron Hodges, used to remark that many of these individuals were "mini-councillors", who achieved so much by working with public agencies to upgrade the opportunities locally.
In reality, it is these uncrowned kings and queens of their neighbourhoods who make such a difference and manage to improve their communities for the benefit of all the residents through their devotion.
Councillor Richard Eddy