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Why Norfolk’s heroes deserve the highest honours their Queen and country can bestow upon them

PUBLISHED: 08:39 30 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:39 30 December 2017

Geoffrey Knights, 90, who has been made an MBE for services to the community in High Kelling. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Geoffrey Knights, 90, who has been made an MBE for services to the community in High Kelling. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Copyright: Archant 2017

They have never sought fame, notoriety or the limelight.

Lorraine Bliss has been made an MBE. Pictures: Supplied by Lorraine BlissLorraine Bliss has been made an MBE. Pictures: Supplied by Lorraine Bliss

But while those from Norfolk and Waveney named in today’s New Year’s Honours List finally achieve well-deserved national recognition, the communities in which they serve already know how remarkable they are.

For many, the respect of their fellow neighbours is quite enough.

They contribute not for a medal, but because they want to make a difference.

Nevertheless, an honour can be a tremendous boost. It also sets an example to others of what true community service looks like.

Peter Stebbings and his wife Mary. Pic: Archant Library.Peter Stebbings and his wife Mary. Pic: Archant Library.

It is fantastic the likes of Geoffrey Knights and Lorraine Bliss have been rewarded.

But with 13 out of the hundreds of national recipients coming from Norfolk, we hope future honours lists will give even more recognition to our county’s great public servants.

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