presents Pam with MBE during Buckingham Palace ceremony
Queen has this week presented a long-serving member of staff at
Burnham-On-Sea Police Station with an MBE during a ceremony at
Whitehead, 57, was recognised for her services to Avon and Somerset
Constabulary over the past 38 years by being named in the Queen's
New Year Honours List.
week, she travelled to London with husband David to receive the
was a huge honour when the Queen presented me with the award -
a truly wonderful moment that will stay with me forever,"
Pam told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
Queen asked me about my work with the police and Royal British
Legion Women's Section before presenting the award. She was so
soft spoken and reassuring."
added: "It was a truly amazing day and I was treated like
Royalty along with the 91 other people receiving awards at the
also caught a glimpse of twice Oscar-nominated actress Helena
Bonham Carter, who was receiving a CBE at the ceremony.
has been a front desk enquiries advisor at Burnham Police Station
for 31 years and has been involved with Avon and Somerset Police
for a total of 38 years.
joined the police in 1974 in Bridgwater and worked as a typist
before moving on to Taunton to work in the Coroner's office. She
returned to Burnham in 1981 as an Enquiry Officer/Admin Officer/Detained
Property Register clerk where she continues to work today.
Superintendent Daimon Tilley, District Commander for Somerset
West, said: "I am extremely proud and pleased for Pam that
her efforts and dedication have been recognised in this way."
is an inspiration to others in her professional life and her work
in and for her local community. She is an excellent example of
our officers and staff who work hard to provide the highest possible
quality of service to the public. I extend her my congratulations."
Roger Tolley added: "I am delighted for Pam. This recognition
is certainly much deserved and justly awarded. She has served
the Constabulary loyally and efficiently for 38 years and her
dedication in providing the quality of service we strive for is
second to none."
is a shining example of a person who gives so much of herself
to her role. Her dedication to the community in Burnham, to ensuring
that everyone she meets is received in a professional and friendly
way and her general commitment is unmatched and I am extremely
pleased that has been recognised in such a way. She truly deserves
addition to her day job, where she often starts early and finishes
late, Pam has also made significant contributions to Royal British
Legion (RBL). In 1983 she joined the Women's Section of the RBL,
beginning her commitment to voluntary work and fundraising, which
she continues to this day as the County Chairperson, devoting
over 16 hours per week to her duties.
1993 and 2002, she was the RBL Women's Section (RBLWS) National
Standard Bearer champion six times, a record in the 84 years of
its history then. In 2002 she became Deputy National Parade Marshall
and was the National RBLWS Standard Bearer at the laying in state
of HRH the Queen Mother. In 2005 she took over as National Marshall
with responsibility for the convening of all national events,
retiring from this position in 2007.
her association with the RBLWS she has raised many thousands of
pounds for the charity, including over £5,000 in 2008 as
part of a team completing a 100 mile sponsored walk from Weston-Super-Mare
to Bournemouth over four days. Pam has also abseiled down Avon
Gorge and cycled from Greenwich to Paris for the Poppy Appeal.
She has also been the local co-ordinator for the Poppy Appeal
within the Somerset West Policing District.
From top, Pam with her MBE award; Pam with her husband David outside
Buckingham Palace; and Her Majesty The Queen