Queen’s Birthday Honours

A veteran Bridgwater beat manager has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours announced yesterday.  Tony Freeman is a former commando who has spent the whole of his 17-year career in policing in Bridgwater.

Tony worked on the G8 summit – the annual meeting between leaders from eight of the most powerful countries in the world – when it was held in County Fermanagh in 2013. He was among a

But it is in the local Bridgwater community, where Tony has achieved most during his police career.

He raised the £12,000 for the West Street Garden Project from various funding applications and completed the project to transform a run-down area into an attractive eye-catching community garden. He also raised the £16,000 from the police and local authorities to enable the installation of the West Street CCTV Camera.

Outside his police work he has been a dedicated supporter of local charities and projects in Taunton and surrounding area. He has raised £23,000 for various charities, including completing four London Marathons, as well as three 100 mile Olympic cycle rides (Ride London 100).

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Somerset names in the Honours List were:

Officers of the Order of the British Empire

Geoffrey David FORDER Lately Deputy Head, QEC Support, Defence Equipment and Support, Ministry of Defence. For services to Naval Logistic Support.

Professor Sarah Elizabeth HEWLETT Emerita Professor of Rheumatology Nursing, University of the West of England. For services to People with Arthritis and Nursing Research.

Dr Carl Stephen Patrick HUNTER Chief Executive Officer, Coltraco Ultrasonics. For services to Business and International Trade.

Fay Margaret Doreen THOMAS Fundraiser, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. For services to Children. (Taunton, Somerset)

British Empire Medal

Graham Leslie HARRIS For services to the community in the Mendips (Leigh on Mendip, Somerset)

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