Farewell salute to the Queen's man in Newham

28 September 2012 in Council and democracy
Around 100 people attended a reception at Stratford Old Town Hall to salute Colonel Mike Dudding, who has stood down as the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Newham after 19 years.
Col Dudding OBE was applauded by Mayor Sir Robin Wales, Newham councillors past and present, former ceremonial mayors and civic ambassadors and representatives of the borough’s uniformed services.

The Mayor presented him with a pair of silver cufflinks embossed with the borough’s crest and a book capturing images of life in the borough. His wife Jan received flowers.

Sir Robin said: “Mike has been a true champion of the uniformed services and has made an outstanding contribution to the life of our borough. We salute him for everything he has done.”

Since his appointment in November 1993 Col Dudding has championed the work of the unformed services including the Territorial Army, emergency services, Royal British Legion and cadet forces attached to the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Metropolitan Police.

As The Queen’s official representative in Newham he arranged visits by members of the Royal family, escorted Royal visitors and presented medals and awards on behalf of Her Majesty. In October 2000 the council made him an Honorary Freeman of the Borough.

The Mayor added: “Mike is one of the most positive, pleasant and nicest people you are ever likely to meet. He is like the Games-makers who made the Olympics and Paralympics so marvellous – always passionate and positive in what he was doing. I am delighted he was able to share the excitement of the Games during his service.”

Col Dudding also promoted civic, commercial, voluntary, charitable, social and youth activities connected with the Scouts, Guides and St John Ambulance amongst others. As a German speaker he took a keen interest in fostering Newham’s twinning links with Kaiserslautern.

He said: “Looking back there has been so many happy memories, but among the most memorable was helping to organise The Queen’s visit to Newham for her Golden Jubilee. I am grateful to everyone for supporting me over the years and the encouragement from Newham Council and its members.”

The new Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Newham is John Barber.