Birthday List honours for East Devon women
PUBLISHED: 11:28 16 June 2015
The Queen awards medals to Feniton athlete and Dalwood community stalwart
Two women - from Dalwood and Honiton - have earned themselves a place on the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Kathy Laing will receive a BEM and Jo Pavey will receive an MBE medal later this year.
Years of dedicated community work in Dalwood helped Kathy win royal recognition.
The recently-appointed chairman of the parish council has played an active part in many areas of village life, including helping to run the pioneering community shop and the village hall.
Most recently, she was appointed to the committee of The Corry Valley Community Land Trust, which has seen six new affordable properties being built in the village.
Mrs Laing told the Herald she felt “very overwhelmed” to receive the BEM.
She added: “However, I really must credit all the hard-working individuals within the village who help to make Dalwood the success it is. It really is a team effort.”
Jo, who hails from Feniton and studied at The King’s School in Ottery St Mary, is a popular figure in the sporting world, having been crowned European champion in long-distance running.
The 41-year-old received the award in recognition of her service to the sport.
Last year, she won a gold medal in the 10,000 metre event at the European Championships in Zurich at the age of 40 and only 10 months after giving birth to her second child.
Later, she was voted into third place in the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year competition for her amazing achievement.
Paying tribute to her at the time, the then chairman of East Devon District Council, Graham Godbeer, said: “The council wishes to congratulate Feniton-born athlete Jo - in a public vote among a national TV audience she came in the ‘bronze medal’ position behind Formula One motor racing champion Lewis Hamilton and world number one golfer Rory McIlroy.
“Jo is a highly successful international, Commonwealth and Olympic athlete and some years ago now even found the time to support a campaign that resulted in building the Coleridge footbridge at Ottery.
“Her gold medal at Zurich will have been very satisfying after a long and eventful career.
“But to be nominated for sports personality and make it to the final three in a public vote among such illustrious company must make it a very special year for her. Well done, Jo!”