One of Great Yarmouth’s biggest champions Hugh Sturzaker visits Buckingham Palace to collect his MBE from Prince Charles

Hugh Sturzaker pictured with his wife Ann collecting his MBE at Buckingham Palace.

Hugh Sturzaker pictured with his wife Ann collecting his MBE at Buckingham Palace. - Credit: Nikki Sturzaker

Former consultant surgeon Hugh Sturzaker enjoyed a trip to Buckingham Palace to pick up his MBE.

Mr Sturzaker was among more than 90 people to be handed their medals at a ceremony on Friday.

Accompanied by his wife Ann he said it was 'just a lovely occasion' although it had also presented him with a dilemma - which of his four children to take with him.

During the investiture he spoke to Prince Charles, rekindling a connection made several years ago during a private visit to Great Yarmouth Minster.

'We talked about Yarmouth - he remembered his last visit here very well,' Mr Sturzaker said.

'My family all came along and we went for lunch afterwards at The Ritz. It really was a wonderful day.'

Mr Sturzaker was made an MBE for services to health and the community in the Queen's 90th birthday honours list announced in June.

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After serving a distinguished career as a consultant surgeon, he was elected to serve as a governor at James Paget NHS Foundation Trust where he was appointed lead governor, a role he still holds.

He was the driving force of the project to create the Louise Hamilton Centre in the grounds of the hospital which provides support and care for those with life-threatening illnesses.

He is also chairman of the Great Yarmouth Arts festival and campaigned tirelessly to raise money for the Great Yarmouth Minster, which is the largest parish church in England.

Mr Sturzaker said the award was more for Yarmouth than for him, adding: 'There are so many things that are happening here. Yarmouth has enormous potential. Apart from the seaside it has wonderful heritage and increasing arts and culture. We really need to work on bringing more people here and developing the creative industries.'