Queen awards county folk for their service

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Several more Derbyshire names have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Acting assistant chief constable Steve Cotterill, of Derbyshire police, who has worked for the force for almost 30 years, has received the Queen’s Police Medal.

He said: “I’m overawed by it and feel immensely proud.”

His colleague, PC Eileen Banton, has been appointed a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for helping older and vulnerable people.

She said: “I was in disbelief and lost for words – a first for me – then very humbled.”

Grandmother Barbara Marshall, from Hasland, is made an MBE for services to the community in Chesterfield.

The 77-year-old is a former Guide leader, an organist at her local church and has been a volunteer with St John Ambulance for nearly 60 years.

She said: “I really wasn’t expecting it.”

Mountain rescue volunteer Neil Roden takes an MBE in recognition of his work as a minimum wage officer for Sheffield’s HM Revenue and Customs office.

Mr Roden, 53, of Hope Valley, has struggled to keep the news a secret from friends and colleagues since he found out six weeks ago.

He said: “I don’t know who nominated me but I’m really flattered and proud.”

Meanwhile, John Morton has been awarded the BEM in recognition of more than 45 years volunteering in Grindleford; Barry Elmore has been awarded the BEM for services to school sport in Derbyshire; Fiona Turner is made an MBE for services to training in the equine industry; Bernard Page is made an MBE for voluntary service to the Royal British Legion in Derbyshire; Glenn Harris is made an MBE for for services to business in the East Midlands and Adrian Curley takes a Commander of the British Empire for services to the voluntary and community sector.