HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis with British Empire Medallists, L-R Constable Ruth Honegan BEM, Rani Kaur BEM, Chief Inspector Mohammed Aziz BEM, Geoffrey Dimmock BEM, Haley Etheridge BEM and Craig Russell BEM  Photo Credit: June Essex Photography

At a special ceremony held on Monday 19 July at Luton Hoo Hotel, by kind permission of General Manager Mr Matthew Long, HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire Helen Nellis brought together six Bedfordshire recipients who received British Empire Medals in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday and 2021 New Year’s Honours Lists, to present their medals on behalf of HM Queen.

Vice Lord-Lieutenant Mr Chris Sharwood-Smith MBE was the Master of Ceremonies at the reception.

The following dignitaries were in attendance: High Sheriff of Bedfordshire Eric Masih, Mayor of Luton Cllr Mahmood Hussain, Chief Fire Officer Andrew Hopkinson and Deputy Chief Constable Trevor Rodenhurst.

They were joined by recipients and their family members to hear details about their achievements, which were read out by the Lord-Lieutenant’s Cadets.

The recipients honoured and presented with their British Empire Medals were:

  • Chief Inspector Mohammad Aziz BEM For services to Policing and Diversity
  • Ms Haley Ethridge BEM For services to Radio Broadcasting and Young People during COVID-19
  • Police Constable Ruth Honegan BEM For services to Policing and Diversity
  • Mrs Rani Kaur BEM For services to the community in Bedfordshire during COVID-19
  • Mr Geoffrey Michael Dimmock BEM For services to the community in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire
  • Mr Craig Stephen Russell BEM For services to Communications during COVID-19

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis said after the ceremony:

“It was an absolute pleasure to meet some wonderful Bedfordshire people and present them with their British Empire Medals on behalf of HM The Queen.

“Their stories were so inspiring and demonstrated how, as a County, when ordinary people pull together and look out for their neighbours, they can make a real difference to the lives of others. My sincere congratulations to all the worthy recipients.”