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Royal seal of approval for Marilyn

Marilyn Waterman (with sister Chris Stead) has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year honours list.

Marilyn Waterman (with sister Chris Stead) has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year honours list.

A woman from Wyke will enjoy 2014 in right royal style after being named in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

Marilyn Waterman, 60, of Silver Birch Grove, has helped run the Earlswoodcommunity centre for elderly people in Wyke Lane for the past seven years, and will be rewarded with a British Empire Medal.

Along with her sister, Chris Stead, Marilyn helps cook lunches and organise bingo sessions at the complex, and said she was thrilled to find out she was being recognised.

She said: “I think staying social is vitally important as you get older, so it is a very rewarding thing to do and it is lovely to get a pat on the back for it – but it is something me and Chris both just love doing. This medal is for her too.

“There is always such a buzz about the place when we come in – people are always talking and catching up, and it’s the most wonderful feeling to know that you have helped someone.”

Marilyn, a retired civil servant, has also been invited to a royal garden party at Buckingham Palace this summer, which she thinks could require a change of wardrobe.

She said: “I’m very excited about going to the palace, although I probably won’t be wearing jeans like I usually do!”

 

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