Sheila is reunited with MBE medal after dropping it on way to Queen’s longest reign ceremony

Former councillor Sheila Wormleighton meets Rob Tisshaw, the man who found and returned her MBE medal ANL-150916-170918001

Former councillor Sheila Wormleighton meets Rob Tisshaw, the man who found and returned her MBE medal ANL-150916-170918001

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A former borough councillor has thanked a Bury St Edmunds man for finding her MBE medal - which she lost on the way to the Queen’s longest reign celebrations last week.

Sheila Wormleighton, from Bury, had parked in a car park on Lower Baxter Street before walking down to the civic ceremony at the Athenaeum last Wednesday.

But it was only until she reached the venue that she realised she didn’t have her MBE medal on her.

“When it wasn’t in my handbag I didn’t panic because I thought I must have just left it at home.

“It was only when I checked the car, looked at home, on the settee, in the garage and the garden that it slowly dawned on me. When I called the police to see if it had been handed in and they said no I had a sinking feeling.”

Sheila called the Bury Free Press to see if we could help her find it, but as soon as she got off the phone, the police rang back to say someone had handed it in.

Luckily for Sheila, Rob Tisshaw, 43, had parked up waiting to pick up his fiancée on Wednesday when he spotted a red ribbon on the floor.

“I almost didn’t pick it up, he said, “I couldn’t see the metal part of the medal.”
“Even when I picked it up I had no idea what it was or that it was an MBE. I’m just really happy she got it back.”

On Thursday Sheila met Rob to thank him for handing it to the police.

Sheila, a borough councillor of 35 years, received her MBE in 1999 for services to the community of St Edmundsbury.