New Year Honours for Scarborough trio

The MBE medal, which is awarded to recipients in the New Year Honours list.
The MBE medal, which is awarded to recipients in the New Year Honours list.

A trio of titles have been handed to Scarborough’s community heroes in the 2013 New Year Honours List.

Two MBE’s and one BEM have been bestowed upon three of the town’s extraordinary achievers.

Scarborough's new stage coach.... Jack Stephenson, the owner of the Shoreline Suncruiser's bus company, announces they will be running buses to and from the Open Air Theatre on show nights.   102209a'pic Andrew Higgins    in News  01/06/10

Scarborough's new stage coach.... Jack Stephenson, the owner of the Shoreline Suncruiser's bus company, announces they will be running buses to and from the Open Air Theatre on show nights. 102209a'pic Andrew Higgins in News 01/06/10

Rosalind Rowley, 64, has received an MBE for her services to the community in Scarborough.

Known locally as Lindy, Mrs Rowley has worked tirelessly over 30 years in Scarborough for various charities and not only her own local community but for others around the town.

She has been instrumental in raising vast amounts of money for various causes including Cystic Fibrosis, the Sea Cadets, Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre and other local community projects.

Along with all the fundraising, Mrs Rowley was chairwoman of local Samaritans after joining the group in 2002.

She has also been a Cub leader and she gives most of time to attending meetings, raising money and awareness to local needs.

Mrs Rowley helped to run a women’s drop in centre in her area, and motivated by her greatest passion of preserving the heritage of local community for the future generations, she founded a maritime museum for Scarborough. She is an active member of the Castle Ward Tenants and Residents Association, and is highly regarded in Scarborough due to her total commitment to charity work and involvement in the various area committees.

Also receiving and MBE is Jack Stephenson who is being recognised in honour of services to the community and charity in Scarborough.

Mr Stephenson, who for nearly 24 years has run Shoreline Suncruisers open top bus business, said: “I’m chuffed to bits.

“It’s for more than 50 years of being involved with the local community, and for work done to help the local people.

“I’m very much looking forward to meeting the Queen, and I’m just very proud and honoured that I’ve been chosen for this.

“It’s been an absolute honour to be involved with Scarborough as it’s the place that I love.

“My mum and dad always said to me when I was younger that I should always try to give something back to the community, and I have done, and met some lovely people in the process.”

Mr Stephenson also thanked his wife for her support.

When he turned 17 Mr Stephenson was asked to join the Scarborough Mental Health Committee and was instrumental in creating the first nearly new shop in the north of England, based in North Marine Road. It was a move that set him on the road of charity work for years to follow.

At 22 he became the youngest councillor ever to be elected on to what was then North Riding County Council, representing Falsgrave ward and standing unopposed.

In 1988 he was appointed a magistrate, then in the mid-1990s he joined the North Yorkshire Probation Committee and became its chairman in 1998.

After re-organisation he was appointed chairman of the new North Yorkshire Probation Board. In 1998, Mr Stephenson became one of the trustees of the local branch of Age Concern.

His other roles include being chairman of governors at Wheatcroft School and Brompton Hall School.

The Honours List also saw a British Empire Medal awarded to the executive director of Scarborough’s YMCA Chris Wilby.

Mr Wilby, 66, first became involved with the YMCA began when he was 12 years old when he joined Wakefield YMCA and set up a radio service to broadcast to old people’s homes.

His dedication and ambition to helping young people through the organisation over subsequent years have resulted in many being able to achieve their goals in life.

Another of his achievements can be seen through the introduction of TV and video work. He developed one of the first TV studios to be run by young people and was a pioneer in this field.

Many young people at the club have gone on to feature in mainstream TV talent shows and theatre productions. In one year alone, Scarborough YMCA had members in the semi-finals of BBC’s Any Dream Will Do, ITV’s Grease is The Word and Britain’s Got Talent, and also in The Snowman at the West End Theatre

In 2005, Scarborough Council made Mr Wilby an Honorary Freeman of Scarborough in recognition of his contribution to the community.

Mr Wilby said: “It is an absolute honour, and especially nice as it means the work of the YMCA is recognised as being important. It is important that people work with young people as they are future.”

Also recognised locally Martin Narey, a ministerial advisor on adoption from Whitby, who has been awarded a Knights Bachelor for services to vulnerable people, while David Warin of Pickering was awarded an MBE for services to Drive Alive and to the community in Pickering.