Queen's Birthday honours for region

A SAILOR, doctor and volunteer police officer are among the public servants celebrating todayafter their work was recognised by the Queen.Johnty Dickinson , 75, from Copdock, the co-founder of the Woolverstone Project, which teaches sailing to people with disabilities, has been honoured with an MBE.

A SAILOR, doctor and volunteer police officer are among the public servants celebrating todayafter their work was recognised by the Queen.

Johnty Dickinson , 75, from Copdock, the co-founder of the Woolverstone Project, which teaches sailing to people with disabilities, has been honoured with an MBE.

The scheme, which operates from Woolverstone Marina and Alton Water on the Shotley Peninsula, has helped give people of all ages and with very different disabilities, including autism and paralysis, the chance to sail for 10 seasons.

He said: "I think, without sounding pompous, it is not really for me but for the project, particularly the sailors. Without their assistance we couldn't do anything at all."

Suffolk's longest serving special constable Michael Robinson is awarded an MBE, having spent 40 years at Haverhill police station. He is currently a sector support officer at Haverhill.

He said: "Never in my dreams did I ever imagine that I would finish my police career with anything like this."

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Mr Robinson has managed events, like the Mildenhall Air Show and village parades, fetes and shows. In the 1980s he was regularly called to trace prisoners who had escaped from the recently-opened Highpoint Prison.

Mr Robinson has numerous long service, good conduct and merit awards and three special chief constable commendations, one for arresting a violent escapee in 1969. He dedicated the award to his wife Barbara and to son David, who over the past 40 years have put up with him not always being there when needed.

One of the first women priests ordained in Suffolk, Canon Sally Fogden, receives an MBE for her work with rural affairs. Based in Honington, she jointly established the Addington Fund in 2000, which raised thousands of pounds to help farmers whose animals could not be moved to markets due to restrictions placed on transport by swine fever.

Eric Edwards was awarded an MBE just after his 64th birthday for his work as one of East Anglia's few-remaining marshmen.

He has been cutting reeds and sedge on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads for 36 years for the Broads Authority.

He is a celebrity in his home village of How Hill, near Ludham, Norfolk, and gives talks to children on his traditional trade as well as appearing on television programmes, such as the BBC's Generation Game and Songs of Praise.

Mr Edwards, said: "I was over the moon when I actually received the letter. I was nearly in tears, I suppose because I had been honoured by the highest authority in the land for working on the broads and I had thoroughly enjoyed it."

Hugh Belsey, has been awarded an MBE after spending 20 years building the Gainsborough's House museum in Sudbury, into one of the nation's best small museums

Mr Belsey, who retired from his curator post earlier this year, said he was

"humbled and proud" after receiving the accolade.

Dr Michael Knight, from Ipswich, was awarded an MBE for his services to Suffolk police as a medical advisor. Lucy De Burgh, 84, receives an MBE for more than 50 years of service to the Save the Children Charity. She was raised in Ipswich and lived in Woodbridge and studied at Saint Felix School, Southwold. After reading languages at Oxford University she joined the army as an intelligence officer and after seeing the horrors of war she decided to join the charity in Woodbridge and set up branches in Oxford and Rome.

She now lives in London after suffering a stroke last year.

Vice Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent, 54, who grew up in Sutton and attended Orwell Park Preparatory School, near Ipswich, has been honoured with the KCB in recognition of his 32-year career.

He also has strong connections to the Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, is Second Sea Lord and Principal Personnel Officer for the 4,000 strong Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

Major Jeffrey Rowell from 3 Regiment Army Air Corps based at Wattisham Airfield has been made a Member of the British Empire in recognition of 30 years service to the Army.

Work on behalf of the local community sees Dr Jean Macheath from Halesworth awarded an MBE. She is a leading member of the Patrick Stead Hospital League of Friends at Halesworth, and secretary of the Halesworth Day Centre.

Dr Macheath, a chiropodist, is also one of the founders of the North Suffolk Association for the Elderly, an organisation that supports elderly people living in the Waveney area.

"I feel it also shows what vital roles these local organisations play and this honour is also for all those who are working for the community in Halesworth and north Suffolk," she said.

Former jockey Willie Snaith, 76, has been given an MBE for services to horseracing and to the local community in Newmarket.

Willie, rode four winners for the Queen and one for the Queen Mother.

He said: "This is wonderful, I got the letter and I just thought this is great, I've already been honoured once with a road named after me in Newmarket, but this is just fantastic. I'm really chuffed."

Willie, originally from Gateshead, moved to Newmarket in 1946 when he started riding for Lester Piggott's father in law, trainer Sam Armstrong, and has remained there ever since.

Retired journalist John Kitson has been awarded an MBE for his services to the blind. For 20 years Mr Kitson has been involved in Link-Up, the talking newspaper for the blind now serving 150 customers in Breckland after Ted Finch, of Thetford, who died this year, persuaded him to help launch it.

Mr Kitson, 65, of East Wretham, near Thetford, said: "I'd like to think it recognises the work the other 40 Link-Up volunteers do as it is not sung about a great deal."

Ian Williamson, from Eye, who worked for the Scottish Executive as the former head of Investment and Performance for communities in Scotland, receives an OBE.

Anne Rivett, the managing director of W B Bawn & Company of Bury St Edmunds, which trades as Helmsman Lockers, has been awarded the MBE.

Mrs Rivett, who is also the president of the manufacturers' organisation EEF, has been awarded the honour for services to businesses in East Anglia.

In her capacity as president of the EEF she has charged herself with encouraging companies to bring about innovation within their own infrastructure. Martin Broadhurst, chief executive of Marshall Aerospace, which supports the Royal Airforce, has receives an OBE.

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