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  • Peter honoured to get British Empire Medal for work at Rambling Club

    Henry James

    A WALKING enthusiast from Maghull has been given a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year’s Honours list for his work with Maghull Rambling Club.

    Peter Neild, 80, set up the club in 1976 and it is still going strong to this day and now has more than 150 members.

    Peter, who is now the club’s honorary chairman, said: “Members of the club put my name forward for this and I am absolutely delighted, surprised and very honoured to get this.

    “I was told in November and told not to disclose the information.

    “The news was embargoed until December 30 which also was my 80th birthday. So it was a good birthday this year!

    “This recognition is not just for my effort and is also due to the work of the members as well.

    “The club started out of the Maghull Ratepayers Association which I was a member of.”

    The Maghull Rambling Club meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7.30 pm at the Maghull branch of the British Legion.

    The club caters for people of all walking abilities and ages.

    They organise short local walks of three to four miles, as well as coach trips to the Lake District, and the Yorkshire Dales which are more challenging. The club rates walks from A-D with A the most difficult and D is the easiest.

    Peter added: “We have a couple of members in their 90s as well as people in their 80s who are still walking.

    “We also have public transport walks where retired people can use their travel passes.”

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