A RANGE of Staffordshire people have been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen in her Birthday Honours.
County residents are recognised for their work in education, nursing, policing and local communities with the award of two CBEs, an OBE, an MBE and a dozen BEMs.
Several of the honours are for people’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic, with recipients including Stone resident Carol Shanahan, the chairman of Port Vale FC, awarded an OBE for the work of the charitable foundation she founded.
Alan White, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: "One of Staffordshire’s strengths has always been the ability, enthusiasm and determination of its residents to make a positive difference to the lives of others.
"The response of our residents in recent months to help one another when times are tough has been inspiring and I’m not surprised to see some of those people honoured by Her Majesty The Queen.”
Ian Dudson CBE, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, said: "I send my warmest congratulations to all those who have been personally recognised by Her Majesty The Queen.
"Not only do these honours recognise people who have a made a difference in their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic, but others who have devoted themselves over many years – often their whole professional life – to making a difference in their field.”
"Those recognised include Carol Shanahan for the work of the Hubb Foundation, which helps vulnerable and disadvantaged families in Stoke-on-Trent with food and activities during holidays. During the Covid-19 lockdown she used the kitchens at Vale Park to produce thousands of meals to help families in need".
The Queen’s Birthday Honours are usually published in June but were delayed this year by the pandemic.