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Honours Given To 2 York Men


12:05am 16th June 2012

Two York men have awarded MBE's for their services to their communities.

Councillor David Horton - and former Lord Mayor of York is the first:

"He has been a successful ward councillor for York City Council since 1986 where he has given much of his time to the benefit of others in a whole range of fields.

He was elected Lord Mayor of York in 2002 where he also made a lasting impression and performed his duties with great dignity. When the council became a unitary authority in 1995, he continued in his role to ensure there was a smooth transition and is currently the Chairman of West and City Planning Sub Committee.

He represents the residents in his ward with vigour and total commitment and he works tirelessly to ensure that residents’ voices are heard. He has also contributed and supported numerous local and national charities and encouraged others to help or donate to ensure that  fund-raising targets were exceeded.

He has also found time to be a voluntary guide for York’s Mansion House, a Governor of Copmanthorpe Junior School and an active member of the committee which organises the community carol concert."

Dr. Richard James Shephard has also been honoured - for his services to music and education in the city.

He's currently the Chamberlain and Director of Development at York Minster:

"He has achieved much recognition in the civic, choral and music worlds for his unstinting and considerable contributions to music education and training over many years.

He is well known as a composer of choral music, as a prolific conductor and as an educationalist, having been Director of Music and deputy Head of Salisbury Cathedral School and then the hugely pro-active and effective Head of York Minster School, which he built up from an ailing school into an outstanding one. He has been a driving force behind outreach and partnership working that has benefited many thousands of children and young people throughout the North and beyond.

He has been the prime mover in establishing the department’s Choir Schools Scholarship Scheme in the 1990s and was Chairman and then treasurer of the National Choir Schools’ Association.

He was one of the first to introduce an outstanding girls’ choir and he continues to engage in a great deal of voluntary and unpaid work to bring music to young people who would otherwise not benefit from its life-changing effects and our strong choral tradition."

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