Dave receives British Empire Medal

A MEMBER of Portishead Christmas Lights committee has received the British Empire Medal (BEM) at a ceremony in Taunton’s County Hall.

Dave Skelhorne was named in the Queen’s birthday honours in June for his services to heritage buildings and higher education at Bristol University where he has worked for more than 17 years.

The 70-year-old retired four years ago but because he loves his job, he remained working part-time.

Dave was among nine Somerset residents who received medals which were presented by Lady Gass, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset.

The BEM was established in 1917 for people not of rank. John Major scrapped it in 1993 but David Cameron announced its reinstatement last year, saying he wanted to ensure people involved in voluntary and community work are properly recognised.

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