- Jan 17, 2018
Chairman of Taunton Flower Show Adrian Prior-Sankey has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.
Adrian’s immediate predecessor as Chairman, now patron of the oldest event of its kind in the UK, Bob Homeshaw, welcomed the news saying, ‘I am delighted that the huge commitment and effort that Adrian has given to this, the major County Show, serving on the Committee for the last 17 years and now as Chairman, has been so rewarded. It is an honour richly deserved.’
On hearing of the announcement Adrian paid tribute to the influence of his parents, the support of his family and the many volunteers with whom he has worked, saying, ‘This is a great honour and is really a recognition of the service that the amazing teams of volunteers that I work with deliver, whether it is the chaplains and street pastors providing a much needed listening ear for people in workplaces and on our streets, adult staff offering a range of high quality activities for young Sea and Royal Marines Cadets or enthusiasts delivering a top class cultural event like Taunton Flower Show.I am thankful for all the people who have worked alongside me in united efforts to nurture a peaceful and vibrant community. ‘My parents were both active in the Scout and Guide movements and provided me with a great example of public service. The opportunities they gave me to engage in a wide spectrum of community activities fostered a love of voluntary work and a passion for the community of Taunton which opened doors to friendships that have matured over many years. ‘I am especially grateful to whoever nominated me for this honour. My wife Hazel and our extended family have supported me enthusiastically over many years and the public recognition of the many activities with which I have been associated is as much a reflection of their dedication as anything I have done. ‘
Not one to rest on his laurels, Adrian has said that he will ensure that his MBE spurs him on in his work to positively impact the community in Taunton to try and make the area a safer place, whilst encouraging a new generation of volunteers to do the same.