Retired south Norfolk farmer receives British Empire Medal for lifetime of service

22:30 13 June 2014

Peter Reeder

Peter Reeder

(C) Archant Norfolk 2013

Retired pig farmer Peter Reeder has devoted virtually his whole life to agriculture and the village in which he has always lived.

Now the 80-year-old, who lives at Lime Tree Farm in South Lopham, has been rewarded for a lifetime of service by receiving the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to agriculture and the community.

Mr Reeder, who lives with his wife Monica, 81, was told about his success in a letter from the cabinet office and will be presented with the BEM in his home village at a later date.

He said: “It is a great honour that I did not expect. I was totally surprised when I found out.”

The former Thetford Grammar School pupil, who left when he was 14, took over the running of the farm from his father Leslie and specialised in breeding pigs, especially the Welsh and Large Black varieties.

He has also appeared on judging panels at numerous shows across the country, including the Royal Welsh Show and Royal Smithfield Show where he was responsible for judging the pigs.

He believed he had been a judge for approximately 50 years on the Large Black and Welsh pigs panel and the All Breeds panel.

His contribution to the community has included being a councillor on South Lopham Parish Council for 30 years and a churchwarden at St Andrew’s Church for 40 years, while he has also been involved with South Lopham Estates Charity for 52 years.

He said: “I was born in the village and lived here all my life so it has always been part of my life.”

He has three sons- Michael, Robert and David- and three grandchildren.


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