Queen's Birthday Honours

The West Midlands is celebrating after a whole host of people have been awarded in the Queen's Birthday Honour's List.

England's goalkeeper at the 1950 World Cup has been honoured by the Queen for more than seven decades of service to charity and football.

Bert Williams, now aged 90, described the decision to award him an MBE as the "icing on the cake" of a wonderful life which saw him win both the FA Cup and the League Championship.

The pensioner, who lives in Shifnal, Shropshire, played 28 matches for England, including the national side's infamous 1-0 defeat by the USA in Brazil sixty years ago.

Bert, who remains a legend at former club Wolverhampton Wanderers more than 50 years after hanging up his gloves, says he was delighted his contribution to football and charity had been recognised.


Former soldier Bryn Parry and his wife Emma are given OBEs for their work supporting British servicemen and women injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They have raised more than £50 million since being inspired to form Help for Heroes in October 2007 by meeting wounded troops at Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham.


Essie Nell Lewis gets an MBE for voluntary service to Older African and Caribbean People in Wolverhampton.


Francis Arthur Betteridge gets an MBR for services to the Voluntary Sector in Sandwell, West Midlands.


Stuart William Fisher gets an MBE for voluntary service to the West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service Road Casualty Reduction Team.


Nelson Olawale Ogunshakin is Chief Executive, Association for Consultancy and Engineering.  He gets an OBE for services to the Construction and Engineering Industry.

Yvonne Ann Richards gets an MBE for services to Mental Healthcare in Worcestershire where she's helped support over last 30 years.

Queen's Police Medal

Mrs Jane Elizabeth Horwood. Chief Superintendent, West Mercia Police.

Liam Joseph O'Brien. Detective chief Superintendent, West Midlands Police.

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