Spe­cial de­liv­er­ies are dou­ble de­light

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWYEAR HONOURS -

A COUN­CIL­LOR of 26 years was in shock to find out she re­ceived a new year’s hon­our on the same day she wel­comed a new grand­child into the world.

Linda Smith, Chal­font St Peter Parish Coun­cil chair­man and Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil for Chal­font Com­mon ward, has been recog­nised with a Bri­tish Em­pire Medal (BEM) for ser­vices to lo­cal gov­ern­ment and the com­mu­nity.

Mrs Smith – who has been a dis­trict coun­cil­lor since 1989 – said she was both hon­oured and sur­prised to re­ceive the award, but did not fully recog­nise the im­pli­ca­tions of the let­ter on her door­mat, hav­ing been at the hos­pi­tal since the early hours of that morn­ing.

She said: “I’m very hon­oured. To be quite hon­est the let­ter came on the day that my daugh­ter had her baby, and so I was up at four in the morn­ing and I got home about half past 10 that night to find the let­ter on the door­mat.

“I was half asleep and I didn’t really look at the en­ve­lope. It was to­tally, to­tally lovely, and a com­plete sur­prise so for me that really capped a lovely day.”

Speak­ing about the hon­our Mrs Smith said: “I’m very hon­oured to re­ceive it – I’ve al­ways en­joyed the work I’ve done on the dis­trict and parish coun­cils.

“I’ve done it for 26 years and I really don’t know where all those years have gone, and along the way I’ve met some lovely peo­ple and made some lovely friends.”

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