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West Country people receive birthday honours

A number of people throughout the West Country have been recognised for their good work in the Queen's Birthday Honours which were published last night.

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Honiton Lace lady is honoured

74 year old Mrs Pat Perryman from Honiton has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the Heritage of Lace-Making.

Her efforts to keep the tradition alive were featured in the recent ITV West Country series Lost Industries

She has been making lace for over 40 years and is regarded as a leading authority on Honiton Lace, a fine English hand-made bobbin lace which was a major cottage industry in Honiton prior to the industrial revolution. She took up lace-making as a hobby in 1969.

Allhallows Museum (AM) approached her to demonstrate lace making in 1979. Since then her work has been intrinsically linked to AM and she has delivered weekly Honiton Lace-making classes to residents of all ages.

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