A LONG-serving court administrative assistant received the surprise of her life on Wednesday – when she was awarded the Imperial Service Medal.
Brenda Copsey, 70, from Bury St Edmunds, starting working as a court administrator aged just 16, writing notes in shorthand and typing court registers.
And in November, after 57 years of working for the courts, Brenda retired.
On Wednesday, she was invited to St Edmundsbury Magistrates’ Court with her family and former colleagues to receive a long service award, but had no idea she would be receiving the Imperial Service Medal, an honour only considered for individuals that have at least 25 years of unblemished service to the crown.
Brenda said: “I was very surprised, I was just expecting a long service award like a printed out certificate – I never dreamed I would be given the Imperial Service Medal. I am very honoured to accept it”