BEM honour for services to the community

Eddy Double with his letter informing him of his award. EMN-140613-135619001
Eddy Double with his letter informing him of his award. EMN-140613-135619001

A long serving chairman of Sleaford and District Civic Trust has been awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) for services to the community.

Eddy Double, of London Road receives the award as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

The 82-year-old was pleased, saying: “You wonder what it is when you get an envelope saying ‘On Her Majesty’s Service, the Cabinet Office and strictly confidential.”

He will receive his honour at a ceremony locally from the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire and will be invited to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace next summer.

Mr Double retired aged 56 as principal education officer for Lincolnshire County Council.

He became part of the Lincolnshire Outward Bound Association and served as acting chairman. He also served as president of Kesteven Blind Society, previously working as chief executive of South Humberside and Lindsey Blind Society.

He has also been president of in the Lincolnshire Schools Sports Federation and has been chairman of the Sleaford and District Trust for 15 years. He and his late wife, Yvonne joined soon after moving to the town. He led the campaign to have a sail sculpture by William Lasdum as a millennium project placed in the River Slea. He said of the achievements: “One of the features of our year is our annual awards and it is nice to see recognition for good design, good building and restoration projects. Subsquently we have awarded the Mess of the Year and some that have later been awarded, such as the old house near the Roman Catholic Church on Jermyn Street.”

A committed Christian within Sleaford parish church for about 30 years, he is currently chairman of the Fabric Committee and a Sidesman. He commissioned a memorial stained glass window to his late wife.