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Bedford White Horse: Susan and Nigel Anstead honoured by Queen

Susan and Nigel Paul Anstead Image copyright Nigel and Sue Anstead
Image caption Susan and Nigel Paul Anstead, awarded the British Empire Medal for services to charity, at their pub in Bedford

A couple who run a pub in Bedford have received the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours in recognition of their fundraising activities.

Susan and Nigel Paul Anstead, landlords of the White Horse, raised more than £189,000 in five years.

Customers and local community groups regularly use the pub, which supports a number of local charities.

Mr Anstead said the pair, both 61, were shocked and dumbfounded when a letter arrived to offer them the honour.

"I do not know who made the nomination but we have great staff and great customers so it must be one or the other," he said.

"We have raised money for a therapy unit at the local hospital but also support a Riding for the Disabled charity locally."

"One of their horses was ill recently and we were able to pay vet's fees as the stables were unable to."

The couple use their pub, business and home as a venue for events.

They invite dozens of charities to set up stalls, free of charge, at their numerous beer festivals, attracting hundreds of people from around the region.

Their citation said: "They consistently operate at the highest level of their profession and continuously look for opportunities to enhance their service to the community."

Other people across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire honoured this year include a comic's widow, former president of the National Farmers Union and member of the prisons education service.

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Image caption Joan Bartholomew, with her late husband Eric Morecambe's wax figure at Madame Tussauds Blackpool

Eric Morecambe's widow, Joan Bartholomew, from Harpenden in Hertfordshire, has been made an OBE for her charity work.

She raises funds for children with disabilities and Save the Children as well as being an ambassador for the Girl Guides,

Peter Ashley Kendall, a farmer from Baldock in Hertfordshire, is made a knight for services to the agricultural industry in England and Wales.

Wendy Ann Sherlock, from Watford in Hertfordshire, curriculum co-ordinator for further and higher learning at HMP The Mount, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Prison Education.

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