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Local man honoured at Investiture

Phil Wilson MP joined family of friends of Syd Howarth MBE at Woodham Golf Club for Mr Howarth’s Investiture by Sue Snowdon, the Lord-Lieutenant County Durham.


Founder of the local community paper the Newton News, and prominent Rotarian, Syd Howarth has been an active member in the community since moving to Newton Aycliffe in 1963.

During his time in Newton Aycliffe, Syd has led numerous community projects across the town.  Most notably, Syd was actively involved in the Nature Park behind Gestamp, the War Memorial outside St Clare’s Church, and the refurbishment of the welcome sign, benches and the Blue Bridge.

Syd’s love for his community was further illustrated when he decided to decline the ceremony of a Buckingham Palace investiture in favour of a celebration in Newton Aycliffe.

The ceremony itself, began with Paul Howarth, Syd’s son, making a speech in his father’s honour.  The Lord Lieutenant then awarded Syd with his MBE, after which Syd himself gave a speech.

Phil Wilson, the MP for Sedgefield had previously surprised Mr Howarth with a congratulatory bottle of House of Commons whiskey soon after discovering Syd had been awarded an MBE, said “Syd continues to do himself, his family and Newton Aycliffe proud. He has achieved so much over the years, and Newton Aycliffe is very fortunate to have him as a member of the local community.”

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