Fifty self­less years re­warded

Kent Mes­sen­ger Group pres­i­dent Ed­win Boor­man is to re­ceive the Spirit of Kent Award for out­stand­ing ser­vice to Kent

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DED­I­CATED ser­vice to the county and its peo­ple has earned Kent Mes­sen­ger Group pres­i­dent Ed­win Boor­man the Spirit of Kent Award. Mr Boor­man, a Deputy Lieu­tenant of Kent and a for­mer High Sher­iff, will re­ceive his award from the Prince of Wales on Tues­day. The award is given to peo­ple who have demon­strated ex­cel­lence in their field and given ex­cep­tional ser­vice to Kent and its peo­ple. They must also have shown per­sonal in­tegrity and have no cur­rent in­volve­ment in party pol­i­tics.

Won­der­ful

The award is the ini­tia­tive of Lord Lieu­tenant Al­lan Willett, the Queen’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Kent, and is funded by his foun­da­tion. Mr Willett said: “Mr Boor­man has made a won­der­ful con­tri­bu­tion, through both his fam­ily me­dia group and the al­most end­less list of vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions and char­i­ties he has led or sup­ported over the past five decades. “He has worked tire­lessly, stead­fastly and self­lessly for the ben­e­fit of our county and its com­mu­ni­ties.” The award was pre­sented for the first time a year ago to the Duke of Kent. Re­cip­i­ents are cho­sen by a panel of peo­ple who hold im­por­tant po­si­tions in the county, in­clud­ing the High Sher­iff, may­ors, the Deans of Can­ter­bury and Rochester Cathe­drals, and the Chief Con­sta­ble. Mr Boor­man will re­ceive the award at a lunch at Turkey Mill in Maid­stone, which will fol­low the Lieu­tenancy of Kent’s civic ser­vice at All Saints Church, Maid­stone. The ser­vice will be at­tended by may­ors, coun­cil lead­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives, char­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tives, mag­is­trates, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the emer­gency ser­vices and the health sec­tor. It is held to cel­e­brate the con­tri­bu­tion they have made to life in Kent over the past year, and give thanks for the work of char­i­ties.

THE Prince of Wales will make sev­eral of­fi­cial vis­its in Kent on Tues­day. He will at­tend a con­cert by Jools Hol­land, also a Deputy Lieu­tenant of Kent, and other artists in aid of the Rochester Cathe­dral Mu­sic Cam­paign. He will also visit Bank Farm in Ald­ing­ton.

Pic­ture John Ward­ley

Kent Mes­sen­ger Group pres­i­dent Ed­win Boor­man in his Deputy Lieu­tenant’s uni­form

The Spirit of Kent Award which will be given to Ed­win Boor­man

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