Farnworth grandmother and Bradshaw scout leader get British Empire Medals from Queen
11:00am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
Buy this photo » HONOUR Kathleen Prescott, left, and Gwen White
A GRANDMOTHER, who has run a parents and toddlers group for 40 years, did not know she had been honoured by the Queen — until her friend rang her to say it was in The Bolton News.
Kathleen Prescott, aged 66, of Farnworth was honoured yesterday, along with scout leader Gwen White, aged 69, of Bradshaw.
The pair were presented with British Empire Medals yesterday by Warren Smith, the Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, at Bolton Town Hall.
Also present were the Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Cllr Colin Shaw and his wife Dee.
Mrs Prescott, is a former pupil of Harper Green School, has been running the parent and toddler group at Farnworth United Reformed Church, since her son Steven, now aged 42, was an infant.
She said: “I was one of those parents who came and never left. And now all these years later those same children are bringing their toddlers to the group.”
She was at the ceremony with her mother Eva, husband Alan and members of her family, which include her other son Michael, and the couple's three grandchildren.
Mrs Prescott who also works part time at Bolton's Kids Connection added: “I didn't know I had been given the medal until a friend rang me to say it was in The Bolton News. I was gobsmacked and didn't feel worthy of it because I have always loved what I have done."
Her mum, Eva, aged 95, added: “We are all very, very proud.”
Mrs White, a former Wigan teacher, won her medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to scouting and to the community of Ainsworth, where she was born and brought up.
She helped set up a cub pack at Ainsworth Church in 1963, a role she has continued up to the present day.
She explained: “I was born and bred a Cockey Moor lass. When I was 18 the vicar Rev Bullock, asked me and my cousin Valerie Powell to help him set up a cub group, we jumped at the chance.
“Since then I would estimate we have had at least 2,000 boys who have been involved with the group which is still going strong.”
Mrs White attended the ceremony with husband Bill, daughter Stacey and son Marc and granddaughter Ella.
She added: “Winning the BEM is just amazing and very humbling, to think that some people think that I deserve to be given it.”
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