Arise, Sir Eric... Lord Lieutenant of Devon knighted by the Queen at palace
The Lord Lieutenant of Devon was knighted by the Queen at Buckingham Palace yesterday, in an investiture ceremony that also saw comic actor Rowan Atkinson awarded a CBE.
Sir Eric Dancer. who was named Lord Lieutenant of the Westcountry county in 1998, received the honour from the Queen, after he was appointed Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
He was previously appointed a CBE in 1991 for outstanding service to business and training, following a long career in industry, with a great length of that spent at board level.
Sir Eric lives with his wife Lady Dancer in South Devon after moving to the county in 1980, and is a patron or trustee of some 20 charities in the county.
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Other recipients of awards, as well as Rowan Atkinson, included Anna Scher, founder and principal of a theatre school that bears her name, and Olympic Torch designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.