MBE honour for Matlock Bath Illuminations compere

Geoff Stevens
Image caption Mr Stevens devotes 10 weekends each year to hosting the Illuminations

A councillor who has acted as compere at the Matlock Bath Illuminations since the 1960s has been appointed MBE.

Geoff Stevens has been recognised for services to the community in Matlock in the New Year Honours.

The 69-year-old deputy leader of Derbyshire Dales District Council has helped organise and present the annual event since 1968.

He also helped set up the town's Victorian Christmas Market and has played a role in the Scout movement.

Mr Stevens gives up 10 weekends each year to host the 114-year-old illuminations display and he said he was delighted that his contribution was being honoured.

'Born and bred'

He said: "It's a very exciting time. When I first heard about it I was very thrilled and when I got the phone call to say it was definitely going to happen I was even more thrilled.

"I was born and bred in Matlock and have lived here all my life. I've never really wanted to live anywhere else.

"I think the town has given me an awful lot and I've wanted to give as much back to the town as I possibly could."

Others honoured in Derbyshire include David Croll, principal of Derby College, who becomes an OBE for services to further education.

Graham Schumacher, head of development services at Rolls-Royce, is made an MBE for services to apprenticeships and skills training.

Alan Goodwin, deputy chief constable of Derbyshire Constabulary, has been given a Queen's Police Medal.

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