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The Queen’s Birthday Honours 8th June 2019 Have Been Announced
A BEM was awarded to Thomas McArdle, a 61-year-old street cleaner from Liverpool, and PC Alison Suffield of Lancashire Police for her response to the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017.
Mr McArdle, who has been cleaning the streets since 2006, is getting his honour for services to Liverpool, where he is known for his “great sense of humour and positive outlook which brightens other people’s day”. His citation said he was known in the Kensington and Old Swan areas for being “polite, courteous and hard-working” and regularly going above his duties, often picking up litter and cleaning graffiti in his spare time.
The Liverpool Echo reported:
TOMAS MCARDLE AWARDED A BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL IN THE QUEEN’S BIRTHDAY HONOURS LIST
Thomas McArdle, known as Tommy, has been given a British Empire Medal of or services to the community in Liverpool.
Tommy 61, has been employed as a street cleansing operative since 2006, and is well-known to residents in the Kensington and Old Swan areas.
In addition to his normal duties, he voluntarily takes home a litter picker, bag and cleansing wipes with him to use on his walk home and in his spare time to pick up any extra litter that people have left after he has cleaned the area.
In a touching video released by Liverpool City Council Tommy explains how he felt when he heard the news.
He said: “I thought it was a wind up at first, because I did not believe it, I said, no this has got to be a wind-up.
“The week I had it I didn’t say anything to anyone, in case it was a joke, but now I’ve told them, so they’re all made up.
“Everyone has said congratulations, I’m really excited about it now yeah, to meet the Queen and that and the garden party, I’m like a kid in a sweet shop.”
Tommy has worked for 13 years for the council, but been in Old Swan and Kensington for four and a half years.
Tommy has never had children and still lives with his 83-year-old mum – who is “made up with me, she’s over the moon.”
Tommy is loved by the local community and residents and is a recognisable figure on the streets.
His colleagues at work have teased him about his new honour, saying they call him “Sir Tommy of Old Swan” and do a curtsey and a bow when he comes in the office.
But Tommy says the honour won’t change him, he said: “I won’t change the way I am, because I’ve only got five years to go and then I’ll be retired and that’s it then.
“I’ll get my own brush and brush outside the house.
“I’m Scouse through and through.”
Back to us:
PC Alison Suffield of Lancashire Police also gets A BEM for her response to the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017
The Birthday Honours 2019 in numbers
75% Given for work in the community
508 Women (47%)
920 OBEs, MBEs or BEMs
153 Dames, Knights or CBEs
Worthy of a mention as far as I am concerned :
Olivia Coleman, MBE
Bear Grylls, OBE
Elvis Costello, OBE
Joanna Trollope, CBE