VOLUNTEERS from a popular tourist attraction are celebrating after being honoured with Her Majesty the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The people who donate their time at Claymills Pumping Station, in Stretton, were recognised for their outstanding voluntary work through an award that holds the equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE.
In the coming months, the group of volunteers will receive their certificate signed the Queen, along with an exclusive commemorative crystal presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire Ian Dudson.
Representatives from the groups have also received an invitation to attend one of the royal garden parties at Buckingham Palace this year.
Chris Allen, chairman of the Claymills Pumping Engines Trust, said: “Claymills Victorian Pumping Station recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first volunteer working party on the site.
“Since that first day, Claymills’ progression from total dereliction to lively working steam museum with an exciting education programme has been entirely due to the dedication, knowledge, refusal to give up and hard work of its volunteers.
“We are delighted that those volunteers have won this award in recognition of all they have done and intend to do in the future”.
Lord Lieutenant Dudson CBE said: “I am delighted that another group in Staffordshire has received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year.
“This recognition is for each and every one of the volunteers involved in these organisations and I send them my warmest congratulations.
“I also thank them, on behalf of everyone in the county, for their contribution to our society.
“We are all extremely grateful for all the voluntary work that is undertaken in Staffordshire.”
More information can be found at www.claymills.org.uk