Empire medal accolade for Anne

The Duchess of Northumberland presents a British Empire Medal to Ponteland resident Anne Lloyd. Picture by Jane Coltman.
The Duchess of Northumberland presents a British Empire Medal to Ponteland resident Anne Lloyd. Picture by Jane Coltman.

A Ponteland woman has been honoured with British Empire Medal for her community efforts over many years.

Anne Lloyd received the prestigious accolade for services to education and the community in Newcastle.

Whilst teaching drama for more than 35 years, she has improved the confidence and aspirations of disadvantaged children.

The 75-year-old has been the voluntary founder and organiser of children’s drama groups and workshops and has been a committed leader of a Girl Guides group.

In addition, through her contributions to the living history St Nicholas Trail project, her understated leadership and commitment has been greatly appreciated by various communities.

The presentation was made by the Duchess of Northumberland during a special investiture ceremony at Alnwick Castle, in which she represented the Queen in her capacity as Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland.

The other recipients were 68-year-old David Chappell, from Alnwick, (services to the RAF and conservation) and 57-year-old Joy Sullivan, from Prudhoe, who earned her medal for 41 years of service to international trade.

Speaking about the awards, the Duchess said: “To receive a British Empire Medal is an incredible achievement and I’d like to congratulate the three very worthy recipients for all their dedicated work and commitment over many years.”

She added: “They are a credit to Northumberland.”