D-Day veteran gets MBE from the Queen

Gazette: Mr Slater receives his MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Friday. Mr Slater receives his MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace on Friday.

A COLCHESTER war veteran has been given an MBE by the Queen.

Edward Slater, 89, picked up the prestigious honour at Buckingham Palace. 

He received the reward for voluntary service to the Normandy Veterans Association, which he is national chairman of.

He has been instrumental in organising commemorations of the D-Day landings for the last quarter of a century.

Mr Slater was among 62,000 British troops who landed on the Normandy coast in the early hours of June 6, 1944 as part of the Allied invasion.

Some 4,414 Allied servicemen died on D-Day.

He said: “I’m accepting it for every Normandy veteran.

“To me, this award is in recognition of what they did on June 6.”

The ceremony took place on Friday. 

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9:23am Tue 1 Apr 14

Derek Drew says...

of which he is national chairman. For goodness' sake send your reporters on an English course
of which he is national chairman. For goodness' sake send your reporters on an English course Derek Drew
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1:04pm Tue 1 Apr 14

William George says...

Derek Drew wrote:
of which he is national chairman. For goodness' sake send your reporters on an English course
Derek Drew,

Are you sure that your comment is kind and correct in what you have said about the facts of the reporters in the press report?
You may find the course more suitably needed for yourself.
[quote][p][bold]Derek Drew[/bold] wrote: of which he is national chairman. For goodness' sake send your reporters on an English course[/p][/quote]Derek Drew, Are you sure that your comment is kind and correct in what you have said about the facts of the reporters in the press report? You may find the course more suitably needed for yourself. William George
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1:48pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Boris says...

William George wrote:
Derek Drew wrote:
of which he is national chairman. For goodness' sake send your reporters on an English course
Derek Drew,

Are you sure that your comment is kind and correct in what you have said about the facts of the reporters in the press report?
You may find the course more suitably needed for yourself.
William, I believe Derek is the same Derek Drew who used to write for this paper and the Essex County Standard when both papers had a full complement of journalists and sub-editors, and when local journalism was a career. Standards were of course higher then.
Nowadays, journalists are much younger, worse paid in real terms, and work under much greater pressure. Sub-editing has almost disappeared. That is the reality of modern journalism. It is regrettable, but it's better than having no local paper at all. The Gannett Corporation, like any newspaper owner, has to make a profit. Without the advertising revenue that used to keep the jobs open for the old-time journalists, a local paper has to be run on a shoestring or not at all.
I suspect Derek is too old now to go on a course of the kind that he suggests. But maybe he should ask the current Editor to allow him to spend a few hours in the news room to see the kind of pressure the journalists are working under. Or, as he would prefer, the kind of pressure under which the journalists are working.
.
But you are right to criticise Derek for being so pettifogging. His trivial complaint was the kind of thing up with which nobody should put.
[quote][p][bold]William George[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Derek Drew[/bold] wrote: of which he is national chairman. For goodness' sake send your reporters on an English course[/p][/quote]Derek Drew, Are you sure that your comment is kind and correct in what you have said about the facts of the reporters in the press report? You may find the course more suitably needed for yourself.[/p][/quote]William, I believe Derek is the same Derek Drew who used to write for this paper and the Essex County Standard when both papers had a full complement of journalists and sub-editors, and when local journalism was a career. Standards were of course higher then. Nowadays, journalists are much younger, worse paid in real terms, and work under much greater pressure. Sub-editing has almost disappeared. That is the reality of modern journalism. It is regrettable, but it's better than having no local paper at all. The Gannett Corporation, like any newspaper owner, has to make a profit. Without the advertising revenue that used to keep the jobs open for the old-time journalists, a local paper has to be run on a shoestring or not at all. I suspect Derek is too old now to go on a course of the kind that he suggests. But maybe he should ask the current Editor to allow him to spend a few hours in the news room to see the kind of pressure the journalists are working under. Or, as he would prefer, the kind of pressure under which the journalists are working. . But you are right to criticise Derek for being so pettifogging. His trivial complaint was the kind of thing up with which nobody should put. Boris
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