British Empire Medals for John and Esther

Two Doncaster residents have been honoured with British Empire Medals (BEM) for their outstanding contribution to the community.


John Marsden and Esther Mathews were presented with their British Empire Medals by HM Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire Andrew J Coombe on behalf of HM The Queen at an Investiture Ceremony at the Mansion House. The ceremony was opened by the Civic Mayor of Doncaster, Councillor George Derx and attended by the recipients’ friends and family.

John, a founder member of the Tickhill Together group of volunteers, works tirelessly in his local community organising numerous events promoting the town as well as raising thousands of pounds for various charities.

Esther founded the Green Star Canoe Club in Doncaster 25 years ago and today it has grown to be one of the largest and most active canoe clubs in the country.

Civic Mayor Cllr George Derx said: “It is a great honour that is bestowed on John and Esther but one that is thoroughly deserved.

“They give up their time freely and hundreds, if not thousands of people, have benefitted from the work that they do. I am therefore very proud to have been at the event, along with their family and friends, to be part of these celebrations.

“My congratulations to both John and Esther.”

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Last updated: 08 February 2018 15:07:28