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Ipswich man's OBE honour

PUBLISHED: 22:19 05 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

ONE of Ipswich's champions for youth has been given a prestigious honour for his hard work.

Youth worker Roger Hansford was invested with the insignia of Member of the Order of the British Empire – the OBE – by Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Lord Belstead, at a ceremony at county hall last night.

ONE of Ipswich's champions for youth has been given a prestigious honour for his hard work.

Youth worker Roger Hansford was invested with the insignia of Member of the Order of the British Empire – the OBE – by Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Lord Belstead, at a ceremony at county hall last night.

Mr Hansford, 73, of Salehurst Road, Rushmere St Andrew, was awarded his gong by the Queen in her Birthday Honours' list in summer.

His citation read "for services to the community, especially young people in Ipswich" and Mr Hansford said he was "overjoyed" for the groups he worked with to be honoured, particularly the Sea Cadets of TS Orwell and Ipswich Scouts.

"It's nice for them to get the recognition they deserve and I am overjoyed. But at the same time a little embarrassed because there are so many other people deserving of the honour."


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