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New Year Honours

Lawrence Lyle, one of the founders of the Trust back in 1976, has been honoured by the Queen.  He has been appointed an MBE for his services to archaeology and local history and we are all very proud.

Back in the mid 1970s, Lawrence joined with other local enthusiasts to lobby for a professional archaeological unit to be set up in Canterbury, and after campaigning, which gained both national and local support, the Trust came into existence in April 1976.  Lawrence acted as Company Secretary and remained in post until 2008. He has been chairman of the Friends, continues to serve on their committee and also the publications committee of the Trust. But his support has always extended far beyond any official post. His presence, with his wife, Marjorie, is woven into the fabric of the Trust.

Typical of Lawrence’s quiet generosity is his comment on his MBE quoted in the local press this week.  ”I am particularly delighted as I regard it as a tribute to the work of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust”.  All at the Trust would like to say that we are ABSOLUTELY delighted that his long and dedicated support and service has been so wonderfully honoured.
Lawrence and Marjorie Lyle



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