ALAN COHEN MBE
|Thursday December 9
finally came round and a rather nervous Alan Cohen made his way
to Buckingham Palace to receive the MBE from H.M.The Queen for
his many years of unpaid and time-consuming service to the
London Taxidrivers Fund for Underprivileged Children.
Alanís honour for his charity work came alongside Angela Rippon (services to broadcasting), John Hurt (acting) and many other famous and not-so-famous people.
Alan told Call Sign: "Excited wasnít the word I would use to describe my feeling at the time, it was more just a lovely feeling. I was quite surprised when The Queen said that she remembered me from the Palace Garden Party the Fund had put on earlier this year and we had quite a chat about it. However, it was an award to two 2 young soldiers in their mid-twenties who had saved their sergeantís life in Iraq
delighted Alan Cohen at the palace to collect his MBE. Pic Matyn
that made me ask myself what
I was doing there. Their award brought a tear to my eyes and a lump to my throat. What had I done compared to that to deserve a medal?"
Call Sign can tell Alan exactly what he has done to deserve an MBE. Years of giving of his time for no payment so that young underprivileged children can enjoy a moment of happiness. No one deserves an honour more.
Brian Rice told Call Sign: "Whilst Alan isnít on Dial-a-Cab, we recognise the work he has done for underprivileged children for all these years. Our heartiest congratulations go to him for a well-deserved honour."
Alan in return, thanked Dial-a-Cab for the support and respect it has always showed to him and the LTFUC.
"My own radio circuit Chairman hasnít said a word to me even though we have met three times since the awards list was announced."
He added: "Through Call Sign, I would like to thank everyone who has been so supportive and offered congratulations. This award is really for the Fund, but yes, I do feel very honoured to have been chosen."
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