Military Wives Choirs Foundation originator appointed MBE

Nicky Clarke, Military Wives Choirs Foundation
Image caption Nicky Clarke has been appointed MBE for setting up the Military Wives Choirs Foundation

An army wife who set up the Military Wives Choirs Foundation has been recognised by the Queen in the Birthday Honours list.

Nicky Clarke, from Pewsey in Wiltshire, has been made an MBE for services to military families.

Mrs Clarke said she "burst into tears" when she found out but was "over the moon" to be given the honour.

Other honours in the county went to a falconer, a windmill trustee and a master saddler.

Image caption The Reverend Colin Coward has been appointed MBE for services to equality

In 2010, 42-year-old Mrs Clarke set up a choir at Catterick Garrison and quickly realised the benefits such groups could offer other military stations.

"I wrote to choirmaster Gareth Malone with the idea for the Military Wives' Choir and it took off from there," she said.

"We set up the foundation with the idea of ladies having a choir wherever they're posted to - and now there are 76 choirs as far afield as Brunei."

Others honoured in Wiltshire include master saddler Mark Romain, from Wilton, who becomes an MBE for services to the saddlery industry.

Falconer Roger Upton, from Marlborough, has also been appointed MBE for services to the cultural heritage of falconry, and Alan Nix, from Swindon, for services to the community.

Martin Colclough, from Amesbury, head of sport recovery at the charity Help for Heroes, has been made an OBE.

The Reverend Colin Coward, from Devizes, director of Changing Attitudes - a network for lesbian, gay, and bisexual members of the Church of England - has been appointed MBE.

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