The New Year’s Honours have been announced with community leaders and Olympic champions standing shoulder to shoulder.
In Bury St Edmunds, former teacher and councillor Mike Ames, who spearheaded the town’s annual Bury in Bloom campaign as chairman for 25 years as chairman, before he stepped down in September 2011, is awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community.
Robert Clinton from Stradishall who is honourary treasurer and trustee of Veterans Aid receives the BEM.
Olympic gold medalist and former Mildenhall cyclist Victoria Pendleton, more recently of Strictly Come Dancing, waltzes away with a CBE.
Meanwhile Ipswich Town chairman David Sheepshanks, who is also chairman of the Suffolk Foundation is awarded a CBE in recognition of both his charity work and his services to football.
Senior Conservative Ian Dowling from Cockfield, who is a former who headed up a party panel that drew up a list of approved parliamentary candidates ahead of the last general election, is awarded the MBE for his political service.
And former South West Norfolk MP Christopher Fraser is given the OBE for his political service between 2005 and 2010.
Norfolk chief constable Phil Gormley receives the Queen’s Police Medal after nearly three decades of police service. He joined Norfolk Police in 2010 from the West Midlands.
And Hayden Newton, former head of the East of England Ambulance Service is one of the first recipients of the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal for Distinguished Service (QAM).
He has worked for ambulance services in the UK for 35 years.He stepped down in October.