Lyme Regis man appointed MBE

PUBLISHED: 12:59 15 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:41 15 June 2010

A LYME Regis man has been appointed MBE in the Queen s Birthday Honours for his selfless dedication to the community. William Reed, 87, of Anning Road, was recognised for his voluntary work with numerous organisations in the town, including 57 years with

A LYME Regis man has been appointed MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his selfless dedication to the community.

William Reed, 87, of Anning Road, was recognised for his voluntary work with numerous organisations in the town, including 57 years with the Royal British Legion.

The former shop manager at Colebys of Lyme also fundraised for the Lyme Regis Parish Church, Jospeh Weld Hopsice, the football club, the sports centre and the Get Together Club, which offers a chance for older people to socialise.

Mr Reed said he was overwhelmed by the number of people who had nominated him.

He said: "I'm overjoyed. It came out of the blue and there have been so many people who've phoned to congratulate me. I've just done what I've done and I've enjoyed it.

"I've done these things for Lyme Regis. I have worked with all sorts of committees and have really enjoyed meeting with all sorts of people."

Mr Reed, who lost an eye in the Normandy landings, has now slowed down his voluntary work because his eye site has started to fade and he has back problems.

Chairman of the RBL Ken Whetlor said: "It is a great honour for Bill, and his family, to have the highest recognition awarded for all the work that he has put in over the years for individuals in the community, the RBL and for many other organisations locally.

"He has shown sincere concern for the welfare of others in spite of his own disabilities. As his friends and colleagues we share this opportunity to honour his achievements.

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