Former Trusthorpe woman receives British Empire Medal from the Queen

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A former Trusthorpe woman has recently been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in this year’s Queens Birthday honours list.

Mary Blackburn, a woman of God, cricket scorer and lover of Barbados was originally from Trusthorpe but has since moved to Cheshire.

Mary received this prestigious award for the key role that she plays in the local community after she established the ‘Hobblers and Wobblers’. Mary explains: “What a lovely surprise!

“I thank God and everyone who showed faith in me and the ‘Hobblers and Wobblers’. I am absolutely delighted to receive the British Empire Medal, (BEM) and am proud to accept it on behalf of all our dear friends.

“I have always been keen to help anybody less fortunate and have always followed my passion and strong belief in God.

“Some people view me as a ‘Little’ eccentric or ‘Over the top’, I prefer passionate and in tune with God.”

Mary regularly arranges outings, afternoon teas and cooked dinners for her groups ever increasing crowd.

“The local ring and ride service has been brilliant and helps to keep costs down for the group,” Mary added.

Trafford Housing Trust has been very supportive towards Mary’s cause and she was thrilled last year to hear that she was crowned ‘Volunteer of the Year’ from Trafford Council.

The group have also all come into contact of sorts with the Queen previously after they received a card from HM the Queen in her Diamond Jubilee Year.

Mary added: “Our group consists of some real characters with some fabulous stories to tell.

“Recently we have been collating some of those stories and putting together books and now a DVD.

“We have also been very involved in the events to mark 70 years since the Dambusters raid.

“The DVD helps to bridge the gap across generations and I am now starting to work with the youth across Trafford.

“All this plus I always attend Church each week, write poems and books – plus of course score the cricket!”

Did you know Mary from when she lived in Trusthorpe?

Send her your messages of congratulations on her BEM by emailing chloe.west@jpress.co.uk or call 01507 353217.