Somerset

Olympic skeleton racer Lizzy Yarnold appointed MBE

  • 13 June 2014
  • From the section Somerset
Lizzy Yarnold Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Winter Olympian Lizzy Yarnold, who took part in the Queen's Baton Relay this month, becomes an MBE

Winter Olympic gold medallist Lizzy Yarnold has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The skeleton bobsleigh racer, who trains in Bath, won gold at the Sochi games and has been appointed an MBE for her services to the sport.

Also recognised is a woman who set up a parent and toddler group in Ashcott, Somerset, 45 years ago.

Rosamond Dommett, 82, was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to children and families.

She said she "couldn't believe it" but was "very thrilled" to be given the honour.

Mrs Dommett, who is still involved with the Ashcott Parent and Toddler Group she founded in 1971, said she "loves it".

"I don't feel I deserve it really - I'm doing something I love and have lots of help," she said.

Other honours in Somerset include a knighthood for Prof David Eastwood, vice-chancellor of Birmingham University, who lives in the county, for services to higher education.

London Olympics lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe, from Bath, becomes an OBE for services to the arts along with Bath's Keith Woodley, pro-chancellor and member of Council, University of Bath.

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