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Community pair praised

PUBLISHED: 16:21 20 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:25 23 August 2010

SPIRIT of Kent awards have been given to community-orientated couple Lord and Lady Kingsdown. The pair were recognised by a independent panel of elected and appointed representatives following a lifetime 0of service to the county. At the ceremony at th

SPIRIT of Kent awards have been given to community-orientated couple Lord and Lady Kingsdown.

The pair were recognised by a independent panel of elected and appointed representatives

following a lifetime 0of service to the county.

At the ceremony at the Royal School of Military Engineering on Saturday, Kent Lord Lieutenant Allan Willett delivered his praise of their work.

Lady Kingsdown, has been involved with Kent Red Cross, The Children's Society, Age Concern, Demelza House, Council on Addiction, the Mental Health Foundation Girl Guides and the Kent Federation of Horticultural Societies.

He said: "This award is for the marvellous contribution you have made over many years to the well-being of Kent's communities and towards keeping the spirit of our great county alive."

Lord Kingsdown, a deputy lord lieutenant for two years and vice lord lieutenant for 10 and Lord Lieutenant from 1982 to 2002 was praised for his contribution to Kent.

"His contribution to our county has been extraordinary. His whole life is one of great achievement. He won the Sword of Honour at Sandhurst, served with the Grenadiers in Palestine, was called to the Bar and then embarked on a business career which led him first to his chairmanship of NatWest, and then Governor of the Bank of England itself," said Mr Willett.

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