Three Staffordshire residents have been awarded the prestigious British Empire Medal for their contributions to local communities following the announced in The Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

A special ceremony was held in the County Buildings in Stafford where the medals were presented their winners by the Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Ian Dudson CBE KStJ on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, watched by their family and friends.

The recipients were as follows:

  • Mr Gordon Malcom Evans – For Services to Football in Stafford.
  • Mrs Christine Pratt – For Services to the community in Blurton, Stoke on Trent.
  • Dr Suryadevara Yadu Porna Chandra Prasad RAO – For Services to Health and Care in Staffordshire.



Mr Gordon Evans said: “When I received the letter from the Cabinet Office notifying me that I had been awarded the British Empire Medal for Services to Football in Stafford I felt very proud, honoured and humbled to be receiving such a prestigious award.

“I would like to thank the people for all the help I have been given in achieving everything we have done at Stafford Town. In particular, Keith Mottershead for all that he does at the ground, Ian Farmer who helped me set up the junior section, Paul Bedell who has taken over the mantle in my absence due to ill health and all of my family for the help and support I have been given over the years”

Ian Dudson Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire added: “The British Empire Medal is now fully re-established as a significant part of our Honours system, often uniquely recognising voluntary contributions at a very local community level.

“I am delighted that 3 local people have been recognised in the New Year’s honours list with this award, for their wonderful contributions within Staffordshire and I am privileged to have presented their Medals on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen”