Norfolk boat-building pioneer becomes MBE


An 85-year-old boat-builder who worked in Norfolk for almost 70 years has been appointed an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Jack Chippendale, of Norwich, founded Chippendale Craft, which made many world championship-winning dinghies in the 1950s and 1960s.

Thursford Christmas Spectacular organist Phil Kelsall has also been made an MBE, along with Adrian Gunson.

The county councillor has been honoured for services to local government.

Also to be appointed an MBE are Elsie Pearson, for services to the community in Martham, near Great Yarmouth, and Melvyn Perkins, of Norwich, for services to cycle speedway and football.

Professor Stephen Bazire, chief pharmacist for Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, has been made an MBE for services to pharmacy.