DECADES OF WORK FOR CHARITIES AND SERVICE TO THE COUNTY
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.