New Year Honours List: Gosport residents rewarded for dedication

Pauline Holloway
Pauline Holloway

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HONOURED for their dedication and commitment – two Gosport residents have been included on the New Year’s Honours list.

Pauline Holloway, of Melville Avenue, Gosport and Peter Camp, of The Haven, Alverstoke are both delighted have been awarded the British Empire Medal.

Ms Holloway was recognised for her services to national maritime heritage which has seen her take part in re-enactments with a group called The Wavy Navy raising more than £20,000 for charity Blind Veterans UK and restore many naval guns with the Heritage Naval Gun Crew.

The 64-year-old, who ran Oldfield Gallery, in Southsea for 25 years before retiring four years ago, dedicates much of her time to maritime history and has been busy this year with D-Day and First World War commemorations.

Ms Holloway said: ‘I thought it was a tax form to start with. I couldn’t believe it when I read I was on the honours list. And then you can’t tell anyone.’

Ms Holloway is now looking forward to her group’s next activities on May 4 at Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower, in Gosport as well as the trip up to Buckingham Palace.

Meanwhile, in Alverstoke, Mr Camp was recognised for his services to the community.

He is the administrator at St Mary’s Church and has been involved with the church since 1966. He has had various roles at the church over the years and was also involved in the junior sailing club at St Mary’s for many years.

Since he retired four years ago from his job as an electrical fitter at the dockyard, the 67-year-old has had more time to give to the church.

Humble Mr Camp said: ‘I didn’t expect it. There must be other people more deserving or others doing just as much. I was very surprised when I got the letter. I just generally help out in the community.’