Cornwall's finest honoured in Queen's birthday list

Image caption, The bedtime story scheme is now operated at more than 90 UK jails

The Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall and the woman who founded a bedtime story scheme for parents in jail are among those recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Lady Mary Holborow has been knighted Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order for services to the Queen.

Sharon Berry, from Saltash, who founded Storybook Dads, has been appointed an OBE.

Mrs Berry said she felt privileged the scheme was deemed worthy.

"I didn't register what it was at first - it was so out of the blue," Mrs Berry told BBC News.

"It's great - I'm really pleased and very honoured."

Military deployment

Inmates can record and edit stories on CDs and send them to their children.

Storybook Dads, which was first established by Ms Berry in Dartmoor Prison in 2004, has now expanded to more than 90 prisons across the UK.

Two years ago the audio-book scheme was also "adopted" by the army, navy and RAF to help keep parents in touch with their families when they are away on active service.

Image caption, The Lord Lieutenant is responsible for organising all royal visits to Cornwall

Lord Lieutenants were originally appointed in Henry VIII's reign to control the military.

Nowadays, they are responsible for the organisation of all official royal visits.

They escort their royal visitor around different locations - a role undertaken by Lady Mary on Thursday when she accompanied Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to the Royal Cornwall Show.


Other honours in Cornwall:

Royal Victorian Order

Mark Leishman, the private secretary to the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, has been appointed a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO).


Chairman of Cornwall Business Partnership Thelma Sorensen, from Saltash, for services to the economic regeneration of Cornwall.


  • Gitty Ankers, from Truro, for services to the recycling and waste industry.
  • Mary Crook, from Truro, for services to young people.
  • Avril Everett, from Penryn, for services to Cornwall. Fire and Rescue Service and to the firefighters' charity.
  • Peter Flukes, from Liskeard, for services to the community in Plymouth.
  • John Green, from Falmouth, for voluntary service to the Helford River Children's Sailing Trust.
  • Loveday Harrison, from Launceston, for services to the Altarnum community.
  • Ian Hope, from St Ives, for services to the community in west Cornwall.
  • HM Coastguard search and rescue communications manager Stephen Huxley, from Falmouth.
  • Child Support Agency executive officer Derek Jenkins, from Cornwall.
  • Philip Shannon, from Penzance, for voluntary service to Sennen Cove lifeboat.
  • Councillor John Thomas, from Redruth, for service to local government in south west Cornwall.
  • Janet Townsend, from Port Isaac, for services to music and the Port Isaac community.

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