Long serving Labour pair to receive medals

Councillor Paul Wood

Councillor Paul Wood

Two Labour Party stalwarts in Sheffield have dates at Buckingham Palace.

Alf Meade, aged 77, a Labour councillor since 1972, receives the MBE for services to the community.

The West Ecclesfield councillor, who lives in Hillsborough, was instrumental in setting up Sheffield’s district heating network, which is linked to the Bernard Road incinerator.

He said more work is needed to extend the project and to reduce costs and environmental emissions.

Coun Meade also set up Deepcar Brass Band for young people, teaching many himself. But he said: “I don’t think I deserve this award honestly.”

Paul Wood is a new Labour councillor, having been elected last month in Richmond. However, he has played a key role in local politics as former chairman of the Sheffield District Labour Party. He is also a board member of the regional Labour Party. He receives the British Empire Medal. The 57-year-old, who runs a talent agency and lives in Handsworth, said: “I never expected anything like this. The worst thing has been not being able to tell anyone!”




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