Trio awarded their MBEs

By Jamie White

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Trio awarded their MBEs

From left, MBE award winners Suzanne Whitewood, Graham Hall and Gill Kennett.

ISLANDERS who were named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List visited London to collect their prestigious MBE awards.

Graham Hall, Gill Kennett and Suzanne Whitewood were all named in the list which was released back in July.

They all attended a ceremony in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace, hosted by the Queen, where they collected their awards.

The trio joined 95 other people from across the country who took part in the hour-long ceremony.

Graham, who lives in Bembridge, was recognised for his services to Bembridge Lifeboat and other maritime organisations, while Gill, from Freshwater, was commended for her services to healthcare and to the community on the Isle of Wight.

Suzanne, who lives in Carisbrooke, was recognised for her service to the community on the Isle of Wight, in particular, her involvement with Girlguiding Isle of Wight and the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.

Suzanne said: "I was just so thrilled to receive my MBE from the Queen, who asked me about my work. It was a very special day for myself, my husband, Alan, and my guests and the others from the Island.

"I gave the Queen a copy of my book, Moments in Time — 100 Years of Girlguiding on the Island, because she is a patron of Girlguiding UK. She thanked me at the time and I have now received a letter of thanks."


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