Photo: David Nash
An unusual national Honours investiture has taken place in Alderney, with the presentation of the order of Member of the British Empire (MBE) by the Lieutenant-Governor to a former President of the States of Alderney.
Mr Stuart Trought was recognised for service to Alderney in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for 2020 (see notes 1 & 2), shortly before Buckingham Palace investiture ceremonies ceased due to the Coronavirus pandemic. He received the medal today from His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor in a special ceremony in the Island Hall’s Anne French Room, watched by his wife Jane and more than 80 guests.
The current President of the States of Alderney, Mr William Tate, paid tribute: ‘Stuart has been a hardworking servant of Alderney for many years, not only as President of its States but also as a key member of the lifeboat station, both at sea and ashore. He really has made a significant all round contribution to our Island, so we’re absolutely delighted to see him receive this award.’
The Lieutenant-Governor, Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder KBE CB, presented Mr Trought with the MBE on behalf of The Queen. His Excellency commented: ‘MBE investitures are usually performed by a senior member of the Royal family, at Buckingham Palace, but these are unusual times so I am delighted that the ceremony was able to proceed here in Alderney.’
His Excellency added: ‘Given Stuart’s long and loyal service to this close-knit community, I think it’s very fitting that so many Islanders were able to witness the ceremony, right here in the building where he spent so much time working for Alderney. It’s a great day for the Island.’
Anyone may be considered for awards in the Order of the British Empire. Application forms are available in Alderney as well as in Guernsey.