David Sheepshanks appointed CBE in New Year Honours list

David Sheepshanks David Sheepshanks oversaw Ipswich's promotion to the Premier League in 2000

Former Ipswich Town chairman David Sheepshanks has been recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Mr Sheepshanks, who is now chairman of the National Football Centre, has been appointed CBE for services to football and for charitable services in Suffolk.

He worked at Portman Road for 13 years from 1995 and oversaw the club's promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2000.

Nine people from Suffolk will receive the British Empire Medal.

The medal was reintroduced earlier in the year for the Queen's Birthday Honours after being scrapped in 1993.

Michael Ames, who was awarded the medal for services to the community in Bury St Edmunds, said he was "happy and humbled".

The 75-year-old former town mayor said he was known to many as "the chap with the bow tie and Mr Bury in Bloom".

He said: "Whilst it's a recognition to me and my services, it wouldn't have been achieved unless I had worked with some wonderful people in the community - which Bury St Edmunds is full of."

Suffolk resident Peter John Luther Beaumont, Recorder of London, was also appointed CBE in the New Year Honours list for services to the administration of justice.

Ian Dowling, who lives in Bury St Edmunds, was appointed MBE for political service.

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