Back in July last year we reported in the Just Drayton & Taverham magazine that Ian Colman had been included in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2016. Six months later and Ian enjoyed a trip to London on Friday, February 27 to attend a Royal Investiture at Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE from the Prince of Wales.
The honour was bestowed on Ian for “services to the community in Norwich” and the nomination was made around two and a half years ago by a group of people from the various organisations that Ian is involved with, including Taverham Band, Taverham Scouts and Ringland Parish Council.
Ian has also been a governor at both Taverham High School and Drayton Community Infant School, and is the founder of IC Travel, which provides a locally-based travel service to take people door-to-door from Taverham or Drayton to London and other places of interest. It’s a highly valued service which enables people to meet new friends and embark on a trip that they would never have the confidence to do themselves.
Ian attended the Royal Investiture with his wife Lisa and daughter Emily. He said: “It was a nerve wracking but very proud experience not only to chat to the Prince but also the other recipients, including Ant and Dec who received the OBE!”