Mercury archive trust secretary John Smith recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List

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THE secretary of the Mercury’s archive trust has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

John Smith said it was an “honour” to discover he had received the British Empire Medal in the list, which was officially unveiled on Saturday.

Mr Smith, of St George’s Square in Stamford, was instrumental in getting a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which enabled a five-year project to restore the Mercury’s archives.

This included re-housing the archive in controlled conditions and putting every copy onto microfilm so it can be viewed by members of the public.

Mr Smith said: “It was officially announced on Saturday morning but I was told before and had to keep it quiet.”

He said he suspected his fellow trustees had nominated him for the award.

Mr Smith added: “I was very touched actually. I have worked very hard on this project and it was very touching to think that other people have appreciated that as well.”

He said the award would be presented during a local ceremony later in the year and that he would also receive an invitation to a garden party at Buckingham Palace.

Mr Smith said: “I am very much looking forward to the garden party. It will be a day to celebrate.”