MBE for former Lostwithiel mayor Warren Nicholls
A LOSTWITHIEL-BORN man has been honoured by the Queen for his services to the local community over three decades.
Warren Nicholls was appointed MBE for services to Lostwithiel, Tywardreath and St Blazey.
For the past 32 years Mr Nicholls, married to Helen, has been a Lostwithiel town councillor, and mayor three times.
Born in the town, Mr Nicholls spent 24 years in the Army, joining up following the completion of his National Service. While in uniform he became a lay reader in the Church of England and was a chaplain's assistant during service in Aden, in the Yemen.
He has been a licensee to the parishes of Tywardreath and St Blazey and is the current Royal British Legion county president and chaplain to the Tywardreath branch.
Mr Nicholls said news that he was to be appointed MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours came as a great surprise: "When the letter arrived over a month ago, I first asked my wife what she knew about it.
"'Nothing' was the reply: but someone must have taken the trouble to fill in the forms and get others to help, and I feel greatly honoured and humbled. I never expected it."
Mr Nicholls has also regularly visited the homes of those in need of someone to share their problems and, over the years, has collected untold amounts of bedding and clothing for the Salvation Army.
"It has been a great privilege to visit so many people at home over the years on behalf of the British Legion and church," he said, "I really also have to thank my wife, whose help has been a great support to me throughout and without whom I wouldn't have been able to do all this in the first place."