Magistrate’s award presentation and royal tea

S24450H13 Mrs Pat Town (right) receives her British Empire Medal from Lord Lieut Susan Pyper for community service work
S24450H13 Mrs Pat Town (right) receives her British Empire Medal from Lord Lieut Susan Pyper for community service work
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AFTER receiving her British Empire Medal award (BEM), Pat Town was officially honoured with the award during a local presentation and celebratory afternoon tea.

The presentation took place Monday afternoon at St Mary’s House, in Bramber.

Lord lieutenant of West Sussex Susan Pyper and deputy lieutenant Brenda Large were there to present the award.

Mrs Town said: “We had a wonderful presentation in the music room then we had tea and cakes in the tea rooms. Charles Ashby helped me organise it and he linked it all together.”

Speaking about how she felt on the day, Mrs Town said: “I was embarrassed, excited, privileged and very proud.”

Part of the award was an invitation to have tea in the royal gardens in Buckingham Palace. Pat was escorted by her son Paul and had a ‘suitably wonderful time’ at an event where ‘tradition is at its best.’

Mrs Town has served as a magistrate for 29 years after moving to the area in 1978.

She added: “This award was personal and just perfect. The gentlemen of St Mary’s deserve a special mention for the amazing presentation.”