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Arthur Tait, Chairman of the Friends of Brompton Cemetery, has received the Order of the British Empire medal for devoting more than 25 years to improving the cemetery for local people and visitors alike.

He has played a key part in spearheading a transformation of this historically important Grade 1 listed site, managed by The Royal Parks and one of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries. He has made a significant contribution to The Royal Parks’ ambitious £6.2 million, four-year project to restore Brompton Cemetery, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Community Fund.

Under Arthur’s leadership, membership of the Friends of Brompton Cemetery has grown to around 500.  It is now an impressive volunteering force that fundraises for the cemetery, assists with landscape and memorial maintenance, undertakes heritage projects, supports apprenticeships and leads corporate volunteering days. In addition, the Friends group has become a much-valued community and visitor resource, engaging the local community in its heritage, welcoming visitors, providing advice and information, and offering guided tours and a varied programme of events and activities.

Thanks in no small part to Arthur’s efforts, a site that once had many structures considered ‘at risk’ by Historic England now has a new lease of life.

Loyd Grossman, Chairman of The Royal Parks, said: “It’s wonderful that Arthur Tait’s sterling contribution to Brompton Cemetery over many years has been recognised in this way.  This is a well-deserved honour for someone who has contributed so much.”

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