VIDEO: Royal honour for Wingate stalwart

A long-serving councillor has spoken of his delight after being awarded a Royal accolade.

Wingate councillor Leo Taylor said he is honoured to have been awarded a British Empire Medal for his dedication to his local community.

He was given the award in front of around 45 friends and colleagues during a special ceremony at Wingate Community Centre by the Lord Lieutenant of Durham, Susan Snowdon.

The dad-of-two, who was elected as Durham county councillor in May, said: “It was a fantastic night and I was pleased with the amount of people who came.

“They nominated me for the award and they were there to see it being presented. It was a real honour.”

Coun Taylor became a Wingate parish councillor 22 years ago and was a District of Easington councillor from 2002 to 2009, being the final chairman on the local authority before the seven district councils were abolished to make way for the current unitary authority.

In addition to his civic roles, he has also been a Wingate Juniors School governor for 20 years, where he has been chairman of governors for the past nine years, as well as spending 14 years on the governors board at Wingate Infants, with the past nine years spent as chairman.

He is also chairman of Wingate Community Centre, which he has been involved with for 15 years as well as secretary at Castle Eden Cricket Club, with which he has been connected to since 1965.

The councillor, who was an administrator for ICI for 35 years, is also involved with the local Gully House and Charlton House residents’ associations.