Kent Honoured

A man who has devoted much of his life to raising the profile of girls' cricket in Kent is one of more than two dozen people living and working in the county honoured by the Queen to mark her official 90th birthday.

David Sears currently coaches the Kent Girls Under 11 team. Both Kent County Cricket Club and Kent Sport have tweeted their congratulations on a "well-deserved" honour.

Major Simon Dean, founder and Chief Executive of Challenger Troop, is awarded an OBE.

The charity, based in Tunbridge Wells, works with primary and secondary schools, sixth-form and further education colleges

Its website says: "Our programmes are challenging yet exciting and inspiring; designed to build resilience, respect, courage, loyalty and integrity. We instil self-discipline, raise confidence and aspirations whilst creating a sense of individual pride, self-worth and fulfilment."

Ann Noble, the former head of the Tydeman Centre at Malling School, which supports children with autism and dyslexia, is made an MBE.

There are British Empire Medals for, among others, Jacqueline Clark and James 'Blue' Cooper.

Jacqueline has devoted the last 30 years of life to help running the Goudhurst Scout Group. James is recognised for his work with former military personnel and their families

Brian Sleightholm, who founder one of Kent's more unusual tourist attractions is other to have been awarded a British Empire Medal

The St Peters Village Tour takes visitors on a guided walk through the village where they meet villagers dressed in historic costumes.

They also learn about the village workhouse, the breakfast concerts that were held for the fashionable elite, the flint village church and the the tower used in the Napoleonic wars.

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