Kentish Express Ashford & District - - ROUNDABOUT -

ED­WIN BOOR­MAN is the grand­son of the founder of the Kent Mes­sen­ger Group and has worked for the com­pany for 47 years. He was man­ag­ing di­rec­tor for 24 years and chair­man for 19. He be­came pres­i­dent in Jan­uary last year and his daugh­ter, Geral­dine Allinson, was elected chair­man. In 2001 he was pres­i­dent of the News­pa­per So­ci­ety, which rep­re­sents the UK’s re­gional news­pa­per in­dus­try. Mr Boor­man was High Sher­iff of Kent in 1997 and be­came a Deputy Lieu­tenant of Kent in 2001. In 2002 he re­ceived the OBE in recog­ni­tion of his 30-year in­volve­ment with the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion and Royal Bri­tish Le­gion In­dus­tries. His vol­un­tary ef­forts for St John, for­merly the St John Am­bu­lance Brigade, both in Kent and na­tion­ally, go back to 1969. Mr Boor­man has been an ac­tive sup­porter of Kent Youth, a char­ity which sup­ports clubs and or­gan­i­sa­tions for young peo­ple, since 1988 and was its chair­man for more than 10 years. The Spirit of Kent Award is made of hall­marked ster­ling sil­ver, plated in gold, ebony and coloured enam­els, and is five inches in di­am­e­ter. It in­cor­po­rates a replica of the Amherst Brooch, a jewel of na­tional im­por­tance made in Kent in the early sev­enth cen­tury, and the county’s In­victa white horse badge. Other mem­bers of the panel who choose the re­cip­i­ents of the award in­clude the Lord Lieu­tenant, the vice-Lord Lieu­tenant, the chair­man of Kent County Coun­cil and the chair­man of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Men of Kent and Ken­tish Men.

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