Stars of the coast humbled in Queen’s birthday honours

Mike Peters, CEO of UPL
Mike Peters, CEO of UPL
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The Fylde coast’s finest volunteers, community workers and business leaders have been named in the summer Queen’s Honours List.

It has been revealed eight people from the area will receive CBEs, OBEs, MBEs or the British Empire Medal for their commitment and contributions to projects in the communities.

Neil Wolstenholme, 47, said he was amazed to read he will receive a CBE for services to project management for his work at the Department for Work and Pensions in Blackpool.

The best bit for the St Annes resident will be telling his parents.

He said: “It was an absolute shock, I just thought I can’t wait to tell my mum.”

But Mr Wolstenholme said the honour could not have been achieved without the help and support of his colleagues.

He added: “I have worked with a significant number of people who are equally dedicated and committed so that’s why I’m humbled - why me?”

Teamwork is also at the centre of the successful business which has seen Michael Peters awarded an MBE for services to industry in the North West.

Mr Peters, CEO of UPL Manufacturers based in Kirkham, said: “I think this honour [has been given] because we heavily support British manufacturing, it is alive and well in the North West.”

Mr Peters said the honour was to be shared with all of his employees and family, wife Jayne and children Sean, Paul, Natasha and Michael (and Vicky) who support him in his work.

He added: “The award is in my name for all the people at UPL.

“I am proud to be associated with each and every member of a highly talented and committed team.”

Police volunteer Ian Angus, 65, will receive a British Empire Medal for his commitment to the police, giving 8,500 hours as a community volunteer in Kirkham and rural Fylde since 2004.

He said: “I was astonished when I heard that I had got the award, it was amazing.”

Also receiving a British Empire Medal is Christine Fitton, for services to scouting and to the magistracy.

The 67-year-old has given 47 years to the Scouting movement and 25 years to working as a magistrate in Blackpool.

She said: “I’m delighted to receive a national award for just doing things I enjoy doing.”

Also honoured are Graham Curwen, for public services to health and to the community in Pilling.

Graham, 71, said: “I feel honoured to have been recognised.

“It has come as a complete surprise and whoever has done the recommendation I want to say thankyou to them.

“Without a lot of help and support from so many people I could never have achieved this.”

Einir Viney,for services in support of military operations, and HMP Kirkham instructional officer Leonard Willoughby for services to HM Prison Service and prisoners are also recognised.

And Geoff Driver, leader of Lancashire County Council, will receive a CBE for services to local government.

Mr Driver, 68, said: “I’m very proud and truly honoured.”

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