A Flamborough woman is celebrating after making it on to this year’s honours list to receive a British Empire Medal.
Sue Watson, 73, and her supporters have raised no less than £250,000 over the last 20 years for Flamborough RNLI as well as being heavily involved in a pantomime which included up to 20 children supporters in productions for many years.
Sue said: “I was very surprised indeed, and so were my family! Obviously I would like to thank everybody in the group. I am really receiving this British Empire Medal on the whole group’s behalf.
“I first became involved 21-years-ago, members of my family did sailing as a sport.
“We are a very active and supportive group, and if it’s fun and raises funds, we’ll do it!”
A spokesperson for the RNLI added: “Sue is the driving force behind a fundraising group which holds innovative and highly successful fundraising events, including the much-loved maggot racing.
“Sue herself is often found at the front of the crowds of children, cheering on the racing maggots.”
Described by those who know her as a lady of integrity, great presence with a warm, ready smile for everyone, Sue is often found organising community events such as the monthly bingo or an RNLI pantomime.
Paul Boissier, the RNLI’s Chief Executive said: ‘Sue cares deeply about the wider community and is always in the thick of the action.
“Volunteers are at the heart of our organisation and come from many walks of life, but are united by one common goal - to save lives at sea.
“Without people like Sue, we simply wouldn’t be able to help so many people around the coast each year.
“I am thrilled that she is receiving a British Empire Medal.”