George Beardsall BEM

George Beardsall was presented with his BEM by the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dame Ingrid Roscoe, at a lunchtime celebration function held at Bowcliffe Hall, Wetherby.

The British Empire Medal was re-introduced as part of the Honours Awards in 2012 and George was one of seven recipients in West Yorkshire.

George Beardsall has improved the lives of young people and the wider community of Marsden for over 40 years.

He was the instigator, unpaid volunteer and committee chairman at both the Marsden Open Youth Club, between 1974 and 2004, and the Marsden Sports Hall, from 1988 to the present day.

In 1974, with the help of his wife Enid, George established and supervised a pre-school playgroup in Marsden, which is still running in the village today. Over the last 38 years, he has continuously committed a huge part of his life to the benefit of the population of the village, particularly its young people.

In his position as Chairman of the Youth Club, he instigated many fund-raising activities, including sponsored walks, arranged donations and organised many other events.

“I was very surprised, but honoured to receive the British Empire Medal,” said George. “The Club has provided young people with a place to meet, learn and have fun, and played its part in the reduction of crime in the local area. I have to say that I am very proud of what has been achieved.”