Two Havering men included in Queen’s Birthday Honours list

22:30 14 June 2013

Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson


Two Havering men are celebrating after they were included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Steve Thompson, the Daggers’ managing director, said he was “overwhelmed” when he found out.

His first thought when the letter arrived in the post six weeks ago was that they had made a mistake.

“I had no idea. I thought they had the wrong person,” he said.

After eventually accepting it as true, he had a quick jump around with excitement but then had to keep schtum until the news was officially announced on Friday night.

Sometime in the next six months he will be invited to the palace to meet the Queen and be made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), given for significant achievement or outstanding service to the community.

Steve, 53, of Prospect Road, Hornchurch, has been awarded for his services to sport and young people in Barking and Dagenham.

He said: “I’m very proud. I have been in the area a long time and it is fantastic to be recognised for what you’ve done.”

Brian Kempster, a former greenkeeper at Gidea Park Bowls Club, has also been recognised and will be awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to bowls. He was greenkeeper for 47 years before retiring in April.

Derek Metson, president of Gidea Park Bowls Club, said: “We nominated Brian because he was a greenkeeper for such a long time and a splendid guy. Nothing was ever too much trouble for him and he was always helpful. There are not many people like him around.”


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