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MBE for Paddington pensioner

PUBLISHED: 10:27 02 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:45 07 September 2010

A PADDINGTON resident and elected member of the City of London Corporation is to receive a New Year Honour from the Queen to reward a career spanning almost 30 years. Rodney Cyril Alban Fitzgerald, who lives in Sussex Gardens, has been awarded an MBE for

A PADDINGTON resident and elected member of the City of London Corporation is to receive a New Year Honour from the Queen to reward a career spanning almost 30 years.

Rodney Cyril Alban Fitzgerald, who lives in Sussex Gardens, has been awarded an MBE for services to local government in the City of London.

The 80-year-old was elected to the Court of Common Council in 1981 after graduating from Oxford and becoming a managing director of Lloyds brokers.

He served in the Office of Sheriff in 1983 and 1984 and in1993 he became deputy to the Ward of Bread Street.

"I'm pretty chuffed, but I'll be happier when I see it in the paper - I never believe until I see it in writing," he said. "It comes as a very happy surprise, I've had a long career and paid my dues so it's nice to be recognised."

Mr Fitzgerald sits on a number of committees including Hampstead Heath management Committee, the Highgate Wood Joint Consultative Committee and the Queens Park and Highgate Committee - which protect London's open spaces.

He has also remained on the Court of Common Council throughout his long career.

"I was a lawyer's man myself and I've been at the Court for more than 20 years," he said. "But I've also been a member of various committees so I've been very much a part of the community."

The City of London provides local government services for the financial and commercial heart of Britain.


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