Four East Enders honoured in the New Year’s list
FOUR remarkable East Enders who have dedicated their lives to helping others and advancing their fields have been honoured in the New Year’s list.
Tower of London exhibitor Lyn Jones, Tower Bridge veteran Eric Sutherns, fashion entrepreneur Barry Laden and charity executive Sandra Horley were awarded for their contributions today.
Ms Jones, 63, a deputy chief exhibitor at the Tower of London for the last decade, was given the Royal Victorian Medal for services to the Royal Family.
She has worked at the Tower for 25 years and runs the team greeting visitors to the White Tower, its oldest part, which houses Henry VIII’s armour and the 11th century Chapel of St John the Evangelist.
She said: “It was a big surprise, but I am very grateful and my family and colleagues are thrilled for me.
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“To receive this award shortly before my retirement in 2011 is the icing on the cake.”
The man responsible for raising and lowering Tower Bridge was also appointed a MBE for his services to the City of London Corporation.
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Bridge Master Eric Sutherns, 63, joined Tower Bridge in 1988 after 23 years in the Royal Navy and was appointed Bridge Master in 2008.
He said: “I am proud and deeply honoured. This is a great moment that I will treasure for the rest of my life.”
Mr Sutherns took the Queen on a guided tour of the bridge’s control room in February.
Meanwhile, the East End’s thriving arts scene continues to do us proud, with design guru Barry Laden appointed a MBE for his services to fashion.
Since opening Brick Lane clothes outlet the Laden Showroom in 1999, the entrepreneur has led the way in promoting young, cutting edge designers.
Rental space is offered for a minimal cost to allow those fresh on the scene the chance to showcase their talents.
The store has also won a cult following with Victoria Beckham, Sienna Miller, Dannii Minogue and Noel Gallagher some of the stars to have worn outfits from its designers.
The business is now branching out into other markets, including Japan, Ireland and Scandinavia.
Mr Laden, 45, who lives in Brick Lane, founded the store with his sister Adele.
Ms Horley, the chief executive of charity Refuge, which is based in St Katherine’s Way, near Tower Bridge, was appointed a CBE.
Ms Horley, who lives in Muswell Hill, was honoured for services to the prevention of domestic violence.
She has 28 years experience in that field, including acting as an advisor to foreign governments and giving expert witness testimony in criminal trials.