Polegate pensioner is awarded MBE

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A PENSIONER has been given an MBE for his work with Sussex Police.

George Gibbs has spent a large chunk of his retirement organising fellow volunteers to work alongside officers and staff at the Force’s East Sussex division.

The 84-year-old is a former chief superintendent in the Metropolitan Police and has thrown himself into helping locally since calling it a day on his impressive career.

Mr Gibbs, who is from Polegate, was delighted after seeing his name appear on the annual New Year’s Honours List and will now visit the Queen at Buckingham Palace to officially receive his MBE, given for services to the police and the community.

Chief Constable Martin Richards of Sussex Police was among the first to send his congratulations

He said, “I am absolutely delighted that George has received this award.

“He has given a lifetime of public service and continues to work tirelessly in support of the fantastic group of volunteers who are such an important part of our team in East Sussex Division and Sussex Police.”

The latest honours list proved slim pickings for Eastbourne.

Although two people in nearby Seaford were included, and another in Newhaven, it appears nobody from Eastbourne itself was recognised.

County fire chief Des Prichard, who lives in Seaford, was given an OBE while Jess Wood got an MBE for supporting both the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the area’s young people, while Newhaven RNLI coxswain Ian Johns was praised for his 37 years’ service.

A former local hotelier did see his name included however. German-born Willy Bauer, the current chairman of AB Hotels, was given an OBE for services to hospitality.

Mr Bauer embarked on his hotel career in his home country before continuing his on the job education at Lausanne and Geneva in Switzerland.

He then moved to the UK in 1962 when he joined the team at the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne, before moving to the Grand Metropolitan Hotel in London.

Among his many achievements was the rescue of London’s Hyde Park Hotel in the 1970s and a stint at the helm of the five-star Grosvenor House before being appointed general manager and managing director of the iconic Savoy hotel.

Who would you like to see recognised?

Were there people missed out who should have been included?

Email eastbourne.herald@trbeckett.co.uk.