Clacton trio scoop awards in Birthday Honours list

Gazette: Gobsmacked: Pat Manning BEM Gobsmacked: Pat Manning BEM

CLACTON has scooped a hat-trick of gongs in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Veteran charity worker Pat Manning receives a British Empire Medal for services to the community.

“I was gobsmacked,” said Pat, 81, who fundraised tirelessly for Clacton carnival until calling it a day last year, but still chairs Clacton Crime Prevention Panel.

Clacton Bowls Club’s David Mitchell-Gears receives the MBE for services to the sport.

And Lesley Hastie receives an OBE for services to education and Friends of the Rebel Trust.

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