Following in mum’s MBE footsteps!

From left, Councillor David Henderson, Councillor Lily Henderson MBE, Victoria DA Silva MBE & Mrs Julia Henderson.
From left, Councillor David Henderson, Councillor Lily Henderson MBE, Victoria DA Silva MBE & Mrs Julia Henderson.
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It was definitely a family affair when Victoria Da Silva received her MBE from Prince William at Buckingham Palace.

For among those watching on with pride was her mum – Blackpool councillor Lily Henderson – who eight years ago made the same trip to collect her own MBE.

Mrs Da Silva was honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to the Scout Association and to the community in Lancashire.

Famous names including former England footballer Frank Lampard and Paddington Bear writer Michael Bond also received their awards at the same ceremony this week.

Mrs Da Silva said; “It was a lovely, lovely day and Prince William was fantastic.

“It was very nerve-wracking but he put me at ease straight away and chatted to me.

“He knew about what I had done in order to receive my MBE and he was very interested because his wife Kate has been a Beaver Scout leader.

“It was lovely to have my family there including mum, and to see all the other people who were also receiving honours.

“I saw Frank Lampard and he was very nice and talking to everyone.”

Also accompanying Mrs Da Silva were her brother David Henderson, a Wyre councillor, and her sister-in-law Julia Henderson.

Coun Lily Henderson received her MBE for her services to the voluntary sector.

She said: “I am so proud of Victoria and it was so lovely to be there and to see Prince William present her with her MBE.

“He spoke to her for a long time and told her he still remembers with pleasure his afternoon in Blackpool when he was on a stag weekend and came to watch Blackpool FC play.

“To think a mother and daughter both have an MBE is extraordinary and we both got it for doing good for other people.”

Mrs Da Silva, a civil servant, of Sandgate, off Squires Gate Lane, has been honoured for more than 40 years’ work in scouting.

She first joined the scouts at the age of 16 when she joined the 29th Blackpool at St Peter’s Church on Lytham Road.

Sometimes she spends up to five nights a week taking part in scouting activities.

Following the presentation ceremony, she enjoyed lunch with her family at the House of Lords as a guest of Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard.