Six Nottingham residents were presented with the British Empire medal in a ceremony at Nottingham County Hall.

The ceremony held by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire saw their hard work acknowledged in front of their families and friends.

Lord Lieutenant Sir John Pearce praised their efforts and the “invaluable work” they had undertaken.

In a speech read out at the ceremony, he said: “This is a special day for six very special people.

“We are here to celebrate their great work and everything they have done for the community. I am honoured to present these awards today.”

The honour is often given to men and women who play a prominent role within the community by making a distinguished or notable contribution.

Philip Everett was awarded for services to the New Appeals Organisation Nottingham, devoting over 40 years of work to the group.

The organisation which helps provide financial help to many across the city and was created by Philip himself.

The 80-year old said: “I’ve worked at the organisation for years now and very proud of the fact I am being awarded for my efforts.

“The committee is wonderful and are always on hand to help people who are unable to get help from anywhere else.”

Susan Davies was among those awarded on the day for her services to the community in Barton in Fabis.

She has devoted many years to her childhood home, has helped a number of elderly residents and is also a councillor at her local parish.

She said: “I try to held the elderly by setting up coffee mornings and lunches. It’s a lovely way to get them out.

“I can’t believe I’m here today and I’m so proud of the little village I live in.”

Former Bevin Boy Harry Parke was awarded for services to the Bevin Boys Commemoration.

He said: “I’m very excited to be here but I was unsure whether to accept the medal at first.

“The Bevin Boys have gone unrecognised for years and it’s an honour to be here for the 48,000 others.”

As a result of his dedication to the Bevin Boys, a memorial was made in their honour at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Among the other worthy few awarded on the day were Ann Hickman for her services to the community in Retford and to the Royal British Legion, Peter Goulding for his services to the community in Nottinghamshire and Malcolm Scothern for his services to the Ex Service Personnel.