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Getting their just desserts... Norwich couple honoured for serving their local community

Roy and Mary Hansell Photo:

A husband and wife from Norwich have been honoured for their services to the local community.

Roy and Mary Hansell founded the St Luke's Luncheon Club nearly thirty years ago. They serve up hot meals once a week for the older generation.

At the ages of 84 and 67, they are now similar ages to the people they serve each week. However, that does not stop them putting in long hours, preparing and cooking all the food.

Now they have been recognised in The Queen's Birthday Honours, each receiving a British Empire Medal.

"I've enjoyed every minute of this. It is great to see you are making a difference to people's lives and it is important for us to keep mentally and physically active in retirement."

– Roy Hansell
Mary Hansell in the kitchen

They currently cook for around 45 - 50 people. One of the luncheon club members told us it was the highlight of her week.