East Yorkshire racks up honours

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Published: Wednesday 31st December 2014 by The News Editor

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Two people from East Yorkshire have been awarded OBEs in the New Year Honours, while four become MBEs and six are to pick up a British Empire Medal.

Tom Martin and Barrie Rutter have been honoured with OBEs. Mr Martin is president of Arco – a safety company based in Hull – while Mr Rutter founded Northern Broadsides and is now its director. The playwright was born in Hull.

An MBE is heading to 67-year-old Luana Smith for the help she’s given Chinese people living in Hull.

Among those also getting the medal is Dee Philips, who has been instrumental in helping people get their lives back together after flooding.

The 64-year-old, from Cottingham, helped found the Fire and Emergency Support Scheme and has given her time free of charge to her local Red Cross branch for over 30 years. The charity swings into action when people lose everything they own to floodwater and has helped thousands of people at what must be one of the worst times of their lives.

Flamborough Lifeboat fundraiser Sue Watson has also been awarded a medal after 20 years of hard work. The charity is over £250,000 better off thanks to Ms Watson, 73, and her backers.

Ken Brooke is also being given a British Empire Medal for his service to local people. The 74-year-old is a top fundraiser, netting over £100,000 for good causes in the region, such as a home for jockeys who have been injured.

Copyright Press Association 2014

Published: Wednesday 31st December 2014 by The News Editor

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