A COMMUNITY spirited Wearsider is due to be presented with his British Empire Medal this week.
Retired engineer James Cleghorn, 80, pictured, from High Barnes, received his recognition in the New Year’s Honours List for decades of outstanding service to his community, including helping to set up the Grace House Hospice Appeal.
He and his wife, Lillian, have been invited to the Mayor of Sunderland’s Parlour for a civic reception on Wednesday, where he will be presented with his award by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Nigel Sherlock.
Mr Cleghorn said: “There are a lot more people than me deserving of this award, but I am proud and delighted to receive and accept it on behalf of all those in our city who I have worked with over the years.”
His charity work also includes fund-raising for the Variety Club, Sunderland Lions and Sunningdale School, which helps children with severe learning difficulties.
Mayor Bob Heron said: “Our city can be proud we have people like James Cleghorn, who has devoted a lifetime to helping his community.
“He is a very worthy recipient of the British Empire Medal, and I’m delighted that he has asked for it be presented here in the Mayor’s Parlour amongst family, friends and colleagues.
“On all their behalf, and on behalf of the thousands of people his efforts have helped over the years, may I add my congratulations as Mayor of Sunderland to James on receiving this honour.”