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Prestigious Honours Presentation at Lancaster Castle

On Friday 20 October, the historic and majestic setting of Lancaster Castle will host a prestigious Honours ceremony.

In the magnificent Shire Hall, the newly installed Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, Mrs Amanda Parker, will be presenting five British Empire Medals (BEM) on behalf of His Majesty The King to recipients from Lancashire commended in the recent Birthday Honours List for services to their local community.

The BEM recipients will be Gill Andrew from Blackpool, Manager, Department for Work and Pensions Job Centre, for her public and charitable services in Fleetwood; Jennifer Blackwell, from Chorley and founder of DanceSyndrome for her services to disabled people; Professor Dominic Harrison from Lancaster, former Director for Public Health at Blackburn-with-Darwen Borough Council, for his services to vulnerable people in Lancashire; Elaine Shallcross from Longridge for her services to the increasingly popular sport of Pickleball and Steven Wilcock from Trawden, for his services to the community in Trawden.

Mrs Parker said:

"I am delighted that the contribution of so many people from Lancashire has been recognised by the award of national honours. It will be a privilege to present them on behalf of His Majesty The King".

Joining Mrs Parker on the evening will be the Chairman of Lancashire County Council, Alan Cullens BEM; the High Sheriff of Lancashire, Mr David Taylor CBE DL; and the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Mrs Christine Kirk DL, as well as a number of Deputy Lieutenants from across the county.

Notes to editors

Journalists and photographers are invited to attend.

People are asked to be in their seats by 6:15 pm, for a prompt start at 6:30pm. There will be photograph and interview opportunities following the Investiture.  Please note anyone wishing to video record the ceremony, permission must be granted prior to the event.

Please contact Sue Wilding at Lancashire County Council on tel: 01772 533364 or

Email: to confirm your attendance.

About the British Empire Medal (BEM):

The BEM rewards an achievement or contribution of a 'hands-on' service to the community in a local geographical area.

This might take the form of sustained commitment in support of local charitable and/or voluntary activity, or innovative work that has delivered real impact.

At all levels, awards illuminate areas of dedicated service which merit public recognition.