Former Mayor Robin Ramsay received his award for services to the community in Ponteland and Stanley Cooke, Chair of Carers Northumberland, for voluntary service to carers and people with special needs in Northumberland.
Councillor Ramsay retired last month after four years as the village’s civic head, saying he was particularly proud of the Town Council’s achievements in introducing new community events and installing a new park entrance, children’s playpark and CCTV.
He said he was both surprised and pleased at the award: “I was really quite surprised because I didn’t realize it was all going on in the background. When I saw the envelope from the Cabinet Office I thought maybe I’d got a response to one of our letters to David Cameron.
“I feel very pleased because I think it is recognition also of the hard work the council has put in over the past few years – it has done a lot for the community here. It’s nice that other people have looked at what we have been doing here and think it is worthy of recognition. I’m pleased at what we have achieved over the last four years.
Ponteland Mayor Peter Cowey paid tribute. He said: “Robin Ramsay’s MBE is a most fitting and well-deserved honour. He has worked tirelessly for many years to promote and improve Ponteland for the benefit of its residents. I am sure that I speak for the whole of Ponteland when I say many congratulations and thank you.
“The whole Town Council would also like to congratulate Stanley Cooke for his MBE. Mr Cooke’s honour is for his 15 years work with the voluntary sector helping those with special needs through the Carers Northumberland organisation.
Both Mr Cooke and Coun Ramsay will be at Alnwick Castle next Wednesday, June 22 for the Queen’s official visit.
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