A hardworking volunteer has been recognised for his outstanding efforts in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Simon Paul, 63, has been awarded with his British Empire Medal for services to the community in Lechlade which was announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June.

The Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Edward Gillespie OBE DL, visited Lechlade to present Simon with his medal earlier this month.

Over 100 people joined in the special event at Lechlade Memorial Hall to celebrate the award.

In receiving the award, Simon commented that Lechlade was full of people who carry out voluntary work for the good of the community and that all of his achievements were as a result of teamwork.

"I was delighted that the presentation of this award took place in Lechlade.

"It seemed entirely appropriate to be able to celebrate this with the community in Lechlade.

"Not only was it a huge honour but I received some wonderful comments which show how much people appreciate the work I have done in the community."

Since moving to the town in 1993, Simon has taken on a variety of roles in the community.

He has been chair of trustee of Lechlade Memorial Hall and Recreation Charity since 2000, initiated Lechlade Community cinema in 2002 and began Ballroom and Latin American dancing classes in 2013 among other roles.