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Suffolk heroes are honoured for service to their communities

PUBLISHED: 10:56 23 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:56 23 April 2018

From left, Alison Evans, Roy Tricker, Lady Clare and James Manning. Picture: GREGG BROWN

From left, Alison Evans, Roy Tricker, Lady Clare and James Manning. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Community heroes from across Suffolk have been awarded special honours for dedicating their lives to helping others.

Lady Clare hands Alison Evans her award. Picture: GREGG BROWNLady Clare hands Alison Evans her award. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ipswich man James Manning, who gives his time to widen opportunities for children from deprived backgrounds, was one of three Suffolk stalwarts to receive a British Empire Medal (BEM) during a ceremony at The Racing Stables in Euston on Friday.

The 63-year-old is one of the founders of the Whitton Youth Partnership, a charity which supports young people in north-west Ipswich.

He has been a governor at Stoke High School for 24 years, and is also chairman of the group running Castle Hill Community Centre.

Recipients are nominated by members of the public for commendable civil or military work.

Lady Clare congratulates James Manning on his BEM. Picture: GREGG BROWNLady Clare congratulates James Manning on his BEM. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Mr Manning was selected for his services to young people and the community of Ipswich.

He said: “It was a very humbling experience for the fact people have taken the bother to sit down to fill in official forms, which are never easy to complete, and their hard work has been rewarded in that I was successful, which I’m very grateful for.”

Alison Evans, from Beccles, was awarded a BEM for her services to the community.

Piano and singing teacher Miss Evans is a warden of the Church of St Lawrence in South Cove, and plays organ for more than 10 churches.

The ceremony was held at The Racing Stables in Euston. Picture: GREGG BROWNThe ceremony was held at The Racing Stables in Euston. Picture: GREGG BROWN

She has served on the friends council of St Edmundsbury Cathedral for the last six years, and is an active member of the Royal British Legion.

“I feel hugely honoured,” Miss Evans said.

Roy Tricker, from Ipswich, was recognised for his services to heritage in Suffolk.

Mr Tricker has written many books and guides about churches all over the county, and has been a lay reader for the Church of England. For 11 years he worked as a field officer with the Churches Conservation Trust.

The Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare Countess of Euston, presented the recipients with their awards. She said: “It is easy to talk of unsung heroes but in Suffolk perhaps we do not show off enough. I am constantly in awe of all those people I meet who with total dedication and no expectation of credit for themselves do so much work in all corners of this exceptional county.”

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