Passions for people and place are recognised by the Queen in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2015. Places are nothing without their people – especially those individuals who go ‘above and beyond’ to inject their communities with passion and vibrancy. This year, the Queen is to recognise four local residents from Worthing who have done just that.
Mrs Lorraine Brockhurst and Mr Peter Webb both received MBEs and are both Worthing residents. As the Work Experience Co-ordinator for Worthing HM Revenue and Customers, Mrs Brockhurst is being recognised for her services to young people in the workplace.
Peter Webb will be well known to many as the Founder and Managing Director of Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd – his MBE for services to business and the community in Worthing joins a previous Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
Mr Webb said: “”It was a big surprise when I heard about the award and I am delighted and my family are also very proud. I have known for a few weeks now and it has been difficult keeping it quiet.
“I started my business as a small enterprise, however ETI has grown phenomenally and the industry has changed a lot over recent years, with advent of new microprocessor technology, however we have endeavored to embrace this technology for the benefit of our customers.
“Although I have been honoured with this prestigious award, ETI has achieved the worldwide standing and success that we have today with the support and commitment from everyone working alongside me. I would like to thank them all, especially those that have been a part of ETI for so many years, helping ETI become what it is today.”
Two Worthing women have also become Medallists of the Order of the British Empire (BEM). Mrs Josephine Hutchinson is being recognised for services to the arts in the town, while Mrs Susan Ward’s Chairmanship of the West Durrington Phoenix Youth Group has gained her the accolade.
Worthing Borough Council Leader Daniel Humphreys said: “I’m delighted to see these honours given to such deserving Worthing individuals, particularly as they highlight our community strengths in culture, business and skills. We are extremely fortunate to have vibrant, passionate people in the town who work so hard for others; and I think that having two awards focused on young people demonstrates the opportunities there are for getting involved and getting on in life.”
Pictured: Peter Webb MBE