Queen's Birthday Honours: Lincolnshire people recognised

David Howard
Image caption David Howard said his British Empire Medal was a tribute to those he had worked with

A Samaritans volunteer and a champion of the British pig industry are among people from Lincolnshire named in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Digby Scott, 60, publisher of Pig World magazine, is becoming a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

David Howard, 68, who has volunteered for the Samaritans in Lincoln for 38 years, will receive the British Empire Medal (BEM).

He said it was fitting because the charity's roots were in the city.

It was founded in 1953 by Chad Varah, who had been a curate in Lincoln from 1935 to 1938.

"I see it very much as a tribute to the people that I've worked with all these years and also to Lincoln in particular because this was where the germ of the idea started, with Chad Varah, when he was a curate at St Giles," said Mr Howard.

He is being recognised for his services to the Samaritans in Lincoln, but has also volunteered on conservation projects in the area.

Image caption Digby Scott is being recognised for services to the pig industry

Others recognised

Mr Scott, from Market Rasen, is being recognised for services to the pig industry.

He has tried to highlight what he said were the "very high levels" of animal welfare involved in British pig production.

"For the last 15 years, along with others, what I've been trying to do is to show the general public and indeed the supermarkets just how different British pig production is compared with pig production elsewhere in the world," he said.

Others recognised in Lincolnshire include Brian Hunter, a Special Sergeant for Lincolnshire Police, who is being appointed MBE for services to policing.

Roy Schofield, from Caistor, is appointed MBE for his services to the community in the town.

Paul Strong, formerly head teacher at William Farr Comprehensive School, in Welton, is appointed OBE for services to education.

John Francis Howe Smith, secretary of the Stamford Mercury Archive Trust, is being given the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to conservation.

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