Local heroes in honours list

THREE people from the Great Yarmouth area have been featured in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. Jimmy Jones, 70, honoured with an MBE for services to sport in Yarmouth, said he had “loved every minute” of his 36-year connection with Gorleston Football Club as chairman and president.

GORLESTON football club stalwart Jimmy Jones was amongst the local names featured in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Mr Jones, who received an MBE for services to sport, said he has “loved every minute” of his 37-year connection with the club as chairman and president.

The 70 year old whose family runs Yarmouth Pleasure Beach, said the accolade was for everyone connected with the club that represented old-fashioned values in the game.

As a former board member at Carrow Road from Norwich City's days in the Premiership, Mr Jones said: “Words cannot express how I feel, this it is a tremendous honour for both myself and the club.

My family are absolutely delighted and I have had some wonderful messages from the club's supporters from as far away as Spain and Portugal.

“All directors at big clubs should start out a grassroots level. It's like serving an apprenticeship. You learn you can only afford to pay out what you bring in.”

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Mr Jones began his first 10 year spell as chairman in 1972 and returned to the role in 1996 after serving on the Norwich City board. He stepped down from the role last year and remains the club's life president.

Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Foundation Trust consultant clinical psychologist Gillian Bowden said of being made an MBE: “I am proud for the trust, proud for clinical psychology, proud for myself and the team I work in and proud for the people of Yarmouth.”

Ms Bowden, who has been honoured for her services to mental health in Yarmouth, is the lead psychologist for Yarmouth and the manager of the Primary Care Mental Health Liaison Service, which includes the new Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.

IAPT aims to implement treatment for common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder, through primary care services.

She said: “It is wonderful for the service and for my role in it to be recognised in this way. Everyone has pulled together to create such a strong service for Yarmouth.”

Yarmouth man Robert Price, 62, said he was delighted to have been made an MBE for his voluntary services to plumbing and heating industries and for his role in the community.

Mr Price, who formed the Yarmouth Heating Co in 1971, was president of the Norfolk branch of the National Association of Plumbing, Heating and Mechanical Service Contractors and the national president of the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors.

He also contributed to shows for BBC Radio Norfolk and is a member of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers and a long serving director of the Plumbing Pensions UK.

A magistrate in Norwich and Yarmouth for 25 years, he has served on the Yarmouth Victim Support Scheme and is a member of the St Nicholas Church Preservation Trust, the Rotary Club and Freemasons.

Mr Price said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be made an MBE. This is fantastic recognition for the plumbing and heating industry and without the support of my colleagues this would not have been possible.

“I would also like to thank my wife, Maureen, and family for their support and encouragement over the years.”