TWO volunteers with St John's Ambulance have been recognised for their long service at a recent awards ceremony.

The event, on Saturday, October 2 saw the awards presented by the Lord Lieutenant for Shropshire, Anna Turner, to 20 members from Shropshire in a ceremony at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Wem.

Two members from Oswestry were presented with awards – Brad Pritchard received his 10-year medal and David Davies received his seventh bar representing 45 years membership.

A spokesman said: "These members have between them given more than 650 years of service to the community.

"The ceremony was also attended by Anthony Morris-Eyton, the High Sheriff of Shropshire.

"The afternoon started with a rededication service when members re-committed themselves to our motto, Pro Fide, Pro Utilitate Hominum, For the Faith and for the Service of Humanity.

"This was followed by the dedication of two flags and the enrolment of a Badger, Pippa-Rose Baines, and two Cadets, Chloe Humphries and Emily Taylor.

"In addition, two Cadets, Marie Tanner and Tom Tanner also received their Grand Priors Awards, the highest award a Cadet can achieve.

"In the adult awards, 20 members received medals and bars for service ranging from 10 years up to Christopher Reynolds who received the new gold medal for 50 years of service to Shropshire.

"Following the ceremony, Badgers, Cadets and adult members enjoyed refreshments and were able to catch up with each other. It was also good to see so many parents with the young people.

"This was the first time we have been able to hold such an event since Christmas 2019."