Reedley couple received MBE at Buckingham Palace

REEDLEY couple Florence and Keith Tomlinson have been presented with their MBE awards at Buckingham Palace.

Thursday, 18th November 2010, 8:13 am

The pair, who were each awarded the prestigious honours by the Queen, had their names put forward by a mysterious nominee for the tireless charity and campaign work they do for organisations such as Pendleside Hospice and the North West Air Ambulance.

And after the three-day trip to London, both of the Tomlinsons are still thrilled to have met Her Majesty and are very proud to be thought of so highly within Pendle.

Florence said: “It was an absolutely brilliant trip and we had a fantastic day at the Palace. The Queen is really good too, she knows so much about the work each person has done.”

Keith said: “I was overwhelmed, it was a magnificent day. The palace officers made you feel so comfortable and the event so much easier. To be invested next to Florence was a wonderful occasion.”

The pair went to London with daughters Vanessa and Lorretta, sons-in-law Gavin and Paul and grandchildren Tristan and Virginia. While there, they managed to see a few sights and take in a trip of the Houses of Parliament too.

Pendle MP Andrew Stephenson said: “Both Florence and Keith are stars in the community and I think their MBEs are truly well deserved. I was delighted to play my little part by taking them and the family around the Houses of Commons and the rest of Parliament.”