Local heroes honoured
MUSIC stalwarts, war veterans and company directors are among people across Coventry and Warwickshire named in the New Year’s Honours list.
A total of 18 people from across the region will soon be showing off their MBE, OBE or British Empire Medal with pride after being named among the 1,100 or so to be honoured.
Leading the way for Coventry is music historian and 2-Tone guru Pete Chambers who has been recognised for his voluntary service to music in the city.
Pete, who has written the Telegraph’s regular Backbeat column for more than a decade, is also curator at Coventry Music Museum and has been awarded a British Empire Medal.
He said: “If someone had ever told me I would end up on the New Year’s Honours list I wouldn’t have believed them.
“It is incredible and life-changing for me. I have always doubted it when people have said nice things about me, so this is really special.
“Especially with how much I love Coventry and its music, so to get the award for services to music in Coventry makes me so proud.
“I want to thank Julie who has helped me with all this and all the people that have written citations, which I have been able to read now. It’s amazing how kind and loving people are.”
Also receiving a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours list is D-Day veteran Dennis Davison.
The 92-year-old has received his honour for services to Second World War commemoration and memorialisation and setting up the charity, Normandy Day UK.
A third Coventry recipient of a British Empire Medal is teaching
If someone had ever told me I would end up on the New Year’s Honours list I wouldn’t have believed them PETE CHAMBERS
assistant Keelie Jayne Hill.
The Sherbourne Fields School member of staff is also a coach for the Sherbourne Stars cheerleading team, which is made up of children with special needs and disabilities.
Her medal is in recognition of her services to youngsters with special educational needs and disabilities.
On the list of MBEs is an entrepreneur from Bedworth who has spent ten years providing support and qualifications to hard-to-reach and challenging young people.
David Cowell, who was born and raised in Alice Close, has become a Member of the British Empire for his services to vocational education.
The 33-year-old former Nicholas Chamberlaine Comprehensive School pupil helped fund and set up a project to reduce anti-social behaviour and truancy in Melton Mowbray.
The Melton Learning Hub officially opened in June 2005 and since then 1,782 vocational qualifications have been achieved by young people who find mainstream schooling challenging.
The Hub has now become a social enterprise with charitable status and David has also helped open a number of vocational centres, including an educational café and evening social Hub.
The Hub was further recognised in May 2015 when it received a Royal visit from Princess Anne.
David said: “I am very honoured to receive this award. I have dedicated a lot of time over the last ten years to young people and am one of the lucky people that enjoys every minute of a very rewarding job.
“Although I am now based in Leicestershire, I was born and raised in Bedworth and will always call the town home.
“I am happy to be representing Bedworth on the New Year’s Honours List and hope I have made a few people there proud.”
David’s proud mother, Gillian Clarke, who still lives in Bedworth, said: “David has had a great influence on disengaged young people and helped many of them receive qualifications they otherwise would have not.
“It is wonderful this hard work and dedication has been recognised at such a young age.”
Joining him on the list of MBEs is Michael Anthony Breitheamh Judge, from Rugby, for services to charity, Coventry University and the community in Dunchurch, as well as Ian Eva, an apprentice manager at Jaguar Land Rover.
Ian, from Solihull, has been named for his services to vocational education.
Another representative of Warwickshire in the New Year’s Honours list is Southam’s Sarah Louisa Goodall, deputy director of the National Crime Agency, who has been honoured for services to law enforcement.
The Queen’s Police Medal has also been awarded to the Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police, Martin Jelley.
Dennis Davison at a memorial in Holland
Pete Chambers with Yoko Ono
David Cowell with Princess Anne