Jenny, Penny heading to the Palace

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TWO Kirton Lindsey ladies are set for Buckingham Palace to collect their MBEs – but they will have to wait until a date early in the new year.

Penny Hoey and Jenny Cripps were honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this summer for their services in restoring Kirton Lindsey Town Hall. They are leaders in the Friends of the Diamond Jubilee Town Hall group.

“Jenny and I contacted the Palace by email to see if we could attend the same investiture ceremony and had an instant reply for Thursday, January 26,” said Penny, who started the Friends in 2004.

“At the first meeting 20 people turned up. By the time the project was completed last year there were 634 Friends, which is 20 per cent of the adult population of Kirton Lindsey.

“Jenny became the vice-chairman initially and then the treasurer and a trustee. She has been the lead and crucial in applying for grants.”

Both were teachers locally; Jenny was head at Parkwood Infants School in Scunthorpe and Penny a special needs teacher at the Vale of Ancholme in Brigg.