Steve’s delight at BEM honour
Conservation and volunteer coordinator, Steve Stone was presented with the British Empire Medal on November 30 by Susan Winfield, Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, in recognition of his services to wildlife and biodiversity in the Brierdene in Whitley Bay.
Steve said “I am delighted to be honoured in this way but my award would not have happened without the continued support of our dedicated group of volunteers.”
Steve lives in Whitley Bay and has two sons, Stewart and Nigel, who joined him to celebrate with friends at the annual volunteers’ dinner the evening after the ceremony.
In his working life at sea Steve, a former ship’s master, was interested in the environment ashore, and studied for a degree in natural science and environmental sciences after retiring.