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Brooch made in Birmingham presented to the Queen

The gold, diamond and platinum brooch Credit: ITV Central

A gold, diamond and platinum brooch made with help from the Birmingham Assay Office has been presented to the Queen.

The brooch contains gold from each of the United Kingdom countries and was given to the Queen in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee.

Chief Executive of The Birmingham Assay Office, Michael Allchin said:

"The brooch represents the best of our industry; superb traditional craftsmanship combined with innovative technology, imagination and flair and most of all a generous spirit of co-operation which has created a wonderful piece of which we can all be proud".


Chief nursing officer "humbled" to receive award

The Chief Nursing Officer of The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust says she is "humbled" to be awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Cheryl Etches, who is from Wombourne in Staffordshire, has been in the role at the Trust for seven years. The Trust says she has been "instrumental" in turning around the hospital in Wolverhampton to become one of the highest performing NHS Trusts in the West Midlands and nationally.

“I am very humbled to accept this honour and feel it recognises the efforts of many staff at The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust who work tirelessly to deliver good quality care to the people who we serve.”

– Cheryl Etches, Chief Nursing Officer of The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust

Symphony Hall Director "immensely proud" to be honoured

Symphony Hall director Andrew Jowett awarded an OBE Credit: ITV Central

The Director of Symphony Hall in Birmingham says he is "immensely proud" after being awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. It comes in the year Symphony Hall celebrates its 21st anniversary.

Andrew Jowett was appointed Director in 1988 - three years before Symphony Hall opened.

Andrew Jowett said “I am immensely proud to receive this honour for leading Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham and it is particularly appropriate this year when Symphony Hall is celebrating its 21st anniversary.

Running these two world renowned concert halls is an absolute joy and privilege and, in accepting this honour, I do so on behalf of everyone who has helped make them a major force on the national and international music scene, connecting over half a million people to music every year.”


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