BEM honours for two South Holland councillors

Coun Graham Dark (centre back) surrounded by his family and the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis at his BEM presentation. Photo: SG310315-117TW
Coun Graham Dark (centre back) surrounded by his family and the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis at his BEM presentation. Photo: SG310315-117TW
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Two men who serve their South Holland communities received the British Empire Medal in the past week.

The BEM was awarded to Coun Graham Dark for services to the community in Spalding and to Coun Michael Booth for his services to the community of Sutton Bridge.

From left: Mary and Coun Michael Booth, Simon Booth, Ann-Marie Ward, Lord Leftenant Toby Dennis and Angela Newton. Photo: SG280315-211TW

From left: Mary and Coun Michael Booth, Simon Booth, Ann-Marie Ward, Lord Leftenant Toby Dennis and Angela Newton. Photo: SG280315-211TW

Both medals were presented by the new Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis.

Coun Dark (74) has done voluntary work driving Age UK ambulances and is secretary of the Spalding Indoor Bowls Club. For more than 20 years he has run the Spalding Fifty Plus Club, which has hundreds of members, and he helps organise trips for them all.

He also helps out at a disabled swimming club and has put on six concerts for Help for Heroes in Spalding, raising £34,500 so far.

He received his award at South Holland Centre, surrounded by his wife Kerry and other members of his family.

When he first heard the news Coun Dark said: “I’m thrilled. It’s quite an honour really and the nice thing is this is awarded by people who have written in and appreciated what you have done.”

Coun Booth (73) is a district and parish councillor and was chairman of the working party which did the first privatisation for Margaret Thatcher at the Sutton Bridge Estate in 1979. He has raised funds for the Market House Trust and the church, both at Long Sutton.

For the past 14 years he has been housing chairman for South Holland.

When he heard news of his honour, Coun Booth said: “I am very pleased and honoured that the people I represent felt I am worthy to have my name put forward.”

His presentation was made at The Market House.