Queen’s Birthday Honour for Colin

Warton Cricket Club president Colin Bolton has been awarded the British Empire Medal.
Warton Cricket Club president Colin Bolton has been awarded the British Empire Medal.

A grandad-of-two who has devoted his life to the local cricket scene for more than 70 years has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Colin Bolton, president of Warton Cricket Club, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to cricket and the community.

The 81-year-old has been involved with the club since starting out as a scorer at the tender age of 10, working his way up to become president.

He has previously been captain and chairman at the club.

Mr Bolton lives in Warton, and is well-known in the local community, having worked as a milkman for 37 years.

The pensioner, who is married to Sheila, 75, and has a daughter and two grandsons, was shocked at being nominated for the honour.

“I got a letter about six weeks ago saying I had been put forward for the award, but I was sworn to secrecy,” he said.

“I didn’t know I had got it until someone rang me on 
Saturday morning to say they had read about it.

“I was a bit shocked but very proud; it’s a big honour.”

Village historian and former resident John 
Glaister said: “Colin’s main contribution to the village has been through the cricket, and if anybody deserves this award, he does.

“He is a very humble man but I know he will be delighted. I am very pleased for him.”

Meanwhile, two members of staff at Lancashire Constabulary have been awarded for their services to the police.

DC Denise Kershaw was awarded an MBE, and PCSO Alan Gregory was awarded a British Empire Medal.

Denise was recognised for her outstanding contribution to protecting vulnerable victims or crime.

The 55-year-old, who has worked for the constabulary for 27 years, initially joined as a response officer before becoming a Community Beat manager in Lancaster.

She then joined the Public Protection Unit where she was responsible for the development and tutoring of police and social care workers.

Denise, who also works as a family liaison officer and is currently a specialist child abuse investigator working with abused children and dealing with perpetrators, has already had her efforts recognised locally as she has received five commendations in the last 10 years.

She said: “It was a complete surprise to receive the award. I am extremely humble and thrilled. It’s testament to the people I work with and the support I’m given to carry out my role.

“My family are absolutely ecstatic about the award – it’s such a wonderful thing that I have to keep pinching myself.

“I’m just very grateful to the people to have put me forward.”

PCSO Gregory, 61, joined the constabulary in 2003, later joining the Lancaster and Skerton neighbourhood police team where he has mentored and guided young people in the area.

Through community links he has been instrumental in identifying and dealing with burglars and drug dealers.

Chief Constable Steve Finnigan said: “I’m delighted for Denise and Alan. They are a real credit to Lancashire Constabulary and their contributions to the police service are second to none.

“It really is a unique way to be recognised for the hard work and the dedication they have shown. I am immensely proud of their achievements and they should be proud of themselves. Their dedication to the force over the years is truly commendable.”

In addition, Graham Curwen was awarded the MBE for public services to health in Lancaster and to the community in Pilling, where he lives.

Graham is well-known locally for his long service to community health in Lancaster, where he was based at the offices in Slyne Road until his retirement.

The 71-year-old is a long-standing member of Lancaster Rotary Club.

Major Charles Stephen of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment was awarded the MBE.