Yellerbellies named in New Year Honours list

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AMONG the Yellerbellies receiving awards in the New Year’s Honours is the chief executive of Lincolnshire Co-operative.

Ursula Lidbetter has been honoured with an MBE for her services to business in Lincolnshire.

She joined Lincolnshire Co-operative in 1985 as a buyer and department manager at the Silvergate store.

After holding various roles, she became chief executive in 2004.

“This is a tremendous honour which is a credit to Lincolnshire Co-operative as a business. It is recognition of our ethos and what we do in the community,” she said.

“On a personal note, I am delighted to be recognised in this way. It’s a privilege to work for the Society and I’m proud of what we have achieved as a co-operative business.”

Also being recognised in the New Year’s Honours was Lincolnshire Police’s Chief Constable, Richard Crompton, who has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.

Mr Crompton, who joined Lincolnshire Police as Deputy Chief Constable in 2004, has announced his intention to retire, for both personal and professional reasons.

Primarily, however, having led the force through great change, he believes it is now the right time to step aside.