Former Portsmouth leader’s pride as he picks up CBE honour at Windsor Castle

Gerald Vernon-Jackson CBE with his mum Jean and John Jarvis

Gerald Vernon-Jackson CBE with his mum Jean and John Jarvis

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THE former leader of Portsmouth City Council has spoken of his pride after being awarded a CBE by the Queen at Windsor Castle.

Liberal Democrat councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson picked up the prestigious honour for his services to local government.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson met and spoke to Her Majesty – who asked how the dredging of Portsmouth Harbour was coming along ahead of the arrival of the new carriers.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson, whose mother Jean has an MBE, said: ‘It was a very proud moment and I am hugely honoured.’

Cllr Vernon-Jackson was the city’s leader for 10 years.

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