COMMUNITY fundraiser and former Mayor of Lyme Regis, Philip Evans, was presented his MBE during a service at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.
It was announced in June that Mr Evans, an experienced journalist who now publishes the LymeOnline newspaper and website, had been an awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to charity and the community of Lyme Regis.
He was joined on Wednesday by his wife Jackie and daughters Zoe and Francesca at the investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace, conducted by the Duke of Cambridge Prince William.
After being presented with his medal, Mr Evans chatted briefly with the prince about Lyme Regis and his involvement with community organisations and charities, particularly his interest in sport.
Speaking after the investiture, he said it was a “proud moment” and an “unforgettable day” for him and his family, and he thanked all those who had sent kind messages of support.
Born and bred in Lyme Regis, Philip – better known locally as Pip – started organising community events in his teens when he was a member of Lyme Regis Boys’ Club and has continued to do so throughout his life, raising tens of thousands of pounds for local causes and charities.
He served as Mayor of Lyme Regis in 1984 and has been involved in many local organisations, including Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Committee, Uplyme & Lyme Regis Cricket Club, Lyme Regis Football Club, Lyme Regis Town Band, the Woodmead Halls Management Committee, Lyme Regis Musical Theatre, the Royal British Legion and the Lyme Regis branch of Cancer Research UK, which he founded with his family in 2008.