Ex-bobbie to become MBE

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A retired singer, actor and policeman will be awarded an MBE at a special ceremony next month.

However, Thomas Round will not be honoured as a Member of the British Empire - but will be made a Member of the Beetham Elite.

Friends of Thomas, who is 97, have longed for him to be officially recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

So far this hasn’t happened, so they wanted to honour him themselves.

Bill Webster, a close friend of Thomas, said: “We want to honour Tom as he should be. He is a very good friend worthy of true recognition.”

Thomas has been a member of Beetham Probus for many years and has acted as chairman.

Thomas, who lives in Bolton-le-Sands, is known as the singing policeman.

He served as a policeman before becoming a fighter pilot and instructor in the Royal Air Force.

He then joined the D’oyly Carte Opera Company as principal tenor. He left the D’oyly Carte to do Rose Marie on ice after which he sang for six years with the Sadlers Wells Opera.

Later he founded his own company with Donald Adams, ‘Gilbert and Sullivan for all’ when they took Gilbert and Sullivan opera all over the world. He has raised money doing concerts for the NSPCC, RNLI, Help the Aged, CancerCare and the North West Air Ambulance.

The presentation of the Member of the Beetham Empire shield will be at the Heaves Hotel near Sizergh on November 1.