Ed Sheeran ‘chuffed’ as Delia Smith and Suffolk’s unsung heroes honoured in Queen’s Birthday Honours
PUBLISHED: 09:10 17 June 2017
Suffolk singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. The 26-year-old, who has achieved untold global fame and helped raise thousands of pounds for charity, will receive an MBE for services to music and charity.
The Framlingham chart-topper joins cookery queen Delia Smith and a host of unsung heroes in Suffolk who have been recognised. See our full list of Suffolk’s recipients at the end of this story.
Earlier this morning, Ed said on his official Twitter and Instagram accounts: “Chuffed to be awarded an MBE for services to charity and music, thanks for all your lovely messages x.”
Sheeran has come a long way since his debut album in 2011. His honour comes a week before one his biggest gigs to date, closing the Glastonbury festival, and three months after he released his third album, C:: (Divide), which has spent 11 non-consecutive weeks at the summit of the UK charts.
He was last year recognised by the University of Suffolk for his outstanding contribution to music and has auctioned off several items of clothing for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
Culinary institution Mrs Smith, 75, who lives in Stowmarket with husband Michael Wynn-Jones, was already an OBE when she was made a CBE in 2009. She said: “From day one I received so much encouragement and enthusiasm from the people who responded to what I was trying to do. This honour is an even deeper affirmation. I feel proud to have received it but also humble as I am quite certain it belongs to all of them as well as me.”
Meanwhile, Dr Carl Michael O’Brien, from Mutford, near Beccles, can add CBE to his name after receiving the honour for services to the management of internationally-shared fisheries.
Dr O’Brien has been chief fisheries science adviser for the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), in Pakefield, since 2010. He has been acknowledged for developing new strategies.
Suffolk Preservation Society chairman Andrew Fane receives the OBE for services to heritage and charity. He was also a non-executive director at Great Ormond Street Hospital for 20 years. Mr Fane, 67, of Hoo, near Woodbridge, said: “My work is hugely enjoyable. I’m sure I’ll be working longer and harder to make sure I deserve it.”
Wendy Phillips, 57, from Stowmarket, has been awarded an OBE for her services to international development. Known as the “grandmother” of the Department for International Development in Afghanistan, she met the Queen earlier this year for a service dedicated to civilians and military personnel.
OBE honours were also awarded to Inga Margaret Amy Grimsey, of Aldeburgh, for services to heritage and the community, and Richard Lister, vice-chancellor at University of Suffolk, for services to higher education.
Amanda Piper, from Barnby, near Beccles, receives an MBE for services to children and families. The 55-year-old has fostered severely disabled children from the Norfolk and Suffolk area for more than 20 years – adopting six.
Known for her dedication and positive attitude, she taught sign language to a boy who had severe difficulties speaking and eating.
Former journalist Tony Gearing, 57, from Newmarket, has received an MBE for his work with young people. In 2004 he created the Young People of the Year (YOPEY) Awards. William Kendall, former High Sheriff of Suffolk, said: “I know how much energy and dedication he puts into this impressive scheme.”
Bernard Tickner, of Bury St Edmunds, also receives an MBE, for services to horticulture and to wildlife conservation in Suffolk.
Five Suffolk residents also received the British Empire Medal (BEM). Tim Fogden, 88, from Sapiston, near Bury St Edmunds, received his honour for services to charity and the community. As the organiser of the Euston Rural Pastimes event for the past 26 years, he has helped raise over £500,000. He said: “The honour is really for the whole team.”
Janet Kerridge, 72, who has been involved with St Mary the Virgin church in Walsham-le-Willows since the early 1970s, was honoured for her services to the village. She said: “I am most proud of organising the children’s praise and Christmas praise.”
Anne Mason receives her award for services to the Friends of Thetford Forest and Heritage in Suffolk. She said: “I couldn’t do it without all the volunteers.”
Ann Miriam Squirrell, the founder of Mid-Suffolk Axis, received her award for services to people with physical and sensory disabilities in Mid-Suffolk.
David Hodge, 84, receives a BEM for services to Cockfield, near Bury St Edmunds. He was a magistrate for over 35 years and has been a member of Babergh District Council since 1974.
Brian Hawes, watch commander at Elmswell Fire Station, received the Queen’s Fire Service Medal.
The full list for Suffolk:
ORDER OF THE COMPANIONS OF HONOUR (CH)
Delia Ann Smith, CBE. Cook and Writer. For services to cookery (Stowmarket).
Dr Carl Michael O’Brien. Chief Fisheries Science Adviser Cefas. For services to the management of internationally-shared fisheries (Beccles).
Andrew William Mildmay Fane. For services to heritage and charity (Woodbridge).
Inga Margaret Amy Grimsey. For services to heritage and the community (Aldeburgh).
Richard Lister. Vice-Chancellor University of Suffolk. For services to higher education (Ipswich).
Ms Wendy Joy Phillips. For services to international development (Stowmarket).
Edward Christopher Sheeran. For services to music and charity (Framlingham/London).
Amanda Jane Piper. Foster carer, Suffolk County Council. For services to children and families (Barnby).
Bernard Oliver Tickner. For services to horticulture and to wildlife conservation in Suffolk (Bury St Edmunds).
Antony Simon Gearing. For services to Young People in the UK (Newmarket).
BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL (BEM)
Timothy Fogden. For services to charity and the community in Bury St Edmunds (Bury St Edmunds).
David Hugh Hodge. For services to the community in Cockfield, Suffolk (Bury St Edmunds).
Janet Dawn Kerridge. For services to the community in Walsham le Willows, Suffolk (Bury St Edmunds).
Anne Mason. For services to the Friends of Thetford Forest and heritage in Suffolk (Castle Acre, Norfolk).
Ann Miriam Squirrell. Founder, Mid-Suffolk Axis. For services to people with physical and sensory disabilities in Mid-Suffolk (Stowmarket).
QUEEN’S FIRE SERVICE MEDAL
Brian Hawes, watch commander Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service (Elmswell).