Pride of Lambeth Street Sweeper receives Queen’s award

Lambeth street sweeper Anthony Cleland has been honoured in the 2012 Queen’s birthday honours list with the British Empire Medal.

Lambeth Street Sweeper Anthony Cleland
Lambeth Street Sweeper Anthony Cleland

Anthony, 63, has been a street sweeper for 25 years in Lambeth. He was nominated by Stockwell Community Resource Centre due to his rapport with all members of his local community.

Anthony received the award at the Tower of London on Friday from the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London Sir David Brewer.

Anthony said: “I was extremely surprised when I found I had been honoured with the British Empire Medal. This appreciation from local people makes me feel very overwhelmed and I am grateful for all their support.”

David Lusher, Executive Director from Veolia Environmental Services said “We are extremely proud of Anthony’s recognition in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in such an important year. This award highlights he is truly at the heart of his local community.”

Councillor Imogen Walker, Cabinet Member for Environment and Sustainability on Lambeth Council, said: “I’m delighted for Anthony and it’s tremendous that his outstanding public service to the people of Lambeth has been recognised by this award. We are very proud of the commitment that people like Anthony show to our residents and it is great that they have been able to show their appreciation in this way.”




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