A Burnham-On-Sea St John Ambulance Brigade volunteer who was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours this week received her award from Prince Charles.
Pat Comer, of Rosewood Avenue, was presented with the award at a special investiture ceremony in Buckingham Palace.
Talking to Burnham-On-Sea.com, she said: “Prince Charles asked whether I really had been with St John ambulance for 56 years!”
“He was very interested to hear about my role and what I’ve done. We also talked about recruitment and he asked how easy it is to get new volunteers.”
“He also asked whether this was my swansong or whether I continue to stay in the organisation.”
Pat attended the event with her husband John, daughter Sarah and grandson Michael.
“It was a very good day – a real memorable occasion – and everything went so well,” she said.
Pat has spent much of her life volunteering with St John and is currently the group’s deputy commander in Somerset.
She has helped St Johns since she was 11, overseeing the cubs and cadets in Highbridge and also the adult division.
She is also a church warden at Burnham’s St Andrew’s Church and is closely involved with the Somerset St John Fellowship group, which helps retired ambulance volunteers.