A former mayor of Ramsey has been presented with a British Empire Medal in recognition of her community work.

Julie Spence with Lisa Duffy and Dr Andrew Harter. Picture: ARCHANTJulie Spence with Lisa Duffy and Dr Andrew Harter. Picture: ARCHANT

Lisa Duffy has dedicated hundreds of hours to helping the community over the past decade, and, last Thursday, she was presented with the medal to recognise her hard work.

The mother-of-six was elected to Ramsey Town Council in 2011, worked as UKIP party director for six years, and was the chief of staff to MEP Patrick O’Flynn in 2016.

The 50-year-old was appointed the first ever UKIP mayor in the country back in 2011 when she sat on the town council in Ramsey.

Lisa also campaigned to get the Ramsey public toilets reopened in 2010, and volunteered to clean them herself after they were closed in 2008.

Julie Spence with Lisa Duffy and Dr Andrew Harter. Picture: ARCHANTJulie Spence with Lisa Duffy and Dr Andrew Harter. Picture: ARCHANT

Volunteering to help around the town, Lisa set up the community skills club as well as holding weekly surgeries in the library to help residents with their concerns.

She said: “I feel so honoured to have received this award. It isn’t just about me but about everyone that helped me along the way. I would like to thank my family who have helped me an awful lot which has allowed me to help in the community so much.

“I am very fortunate that I have had the opportunity to do all of this, and it wouldn’t have been possible without everyone in Ramsey pitching in to help. Peter Reeve has also helped me and I wouldn’t have received this award without his help.

“What we have here in Ramsey is a brilliant community, unlike any other. There are so many people that have helped me and also deserve this award as they have been on this journey with me.”

Julie Spence presents the British Empire Medal to Lisa Duffy. Picture: ARCHANTJulie Spence presents the British Empire Medal to Lisa Duffy. Picture: ARCHANT

Lisa was presented with the award by the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Julie Spence, at Ramsey library where residents turned up to thank her for her hard work in the community.

Mrs Spence said: “It’s the enduring nature of what Lisa has done that is what is being awarded here. Everything that she has done for the community is selfless, and her love for helping others is very special.”

The High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Dr Andrew Harter, spoke about Lisa’s work within the community, including taking vulnerable residents of Ramsey shopping as well as organising the indoor market.

She was then presented with the medal where she thanked her family and friends for helping her.

The mayor of Ramsey, Councillor Doug McIlwain was also at the ceremony and said he wanted to encourage more people to gain recognition for their hard work.

He said: “I am very pleased that Lisa has been honoured in this way. Lisa, like many others, put so much time and work into the community of Ramsey. I look forward to others joining the ranks of those honoured for what they do for the town of Ramsey and beyond.”