Earlier on this year in June two local residents were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for their outstanding contributions to society.

Last night (22.11.2012) Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham, The Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Anthony Ramsey and many of the local Councillors came together to thank and congratulate Rita and Fred for all the work they have done over the years.

Jon Cruddas MP presenting Frederick Jones MBE with an engraved watch

Frederick Jones was awarded with an MBE – Fred was appointed honorary alderman in 2006, a traditional title given to long-serving councillors. Mr Jones served as a councillor for 42 years and until the May 2006 local elections he was the longest serving member, holding office since 1964. He also served a term as Mayor in the early 1990’s.

Over the years Mr Jones has dedicated himself to many causes and sits on various committees including; education committee and the libraries committee. He also volunteers his services every two weeks on a Friday for Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham. He helps in the organising and running of advice surgeries, a role that he has given his time to fill for many years.

Jon Cruddas MP presenting Rita Giles MBE with an engraved watch

Rita Giles was also made MBE for services to the community – Rita has lived in Dagenham since during the war when her family home in Bow was bombed. As one of many siblings she started out her work in the community, volunteering her services where she could at the age of 14-years old.

The main focus of her work over the past 40 years has been on community issues such as; youth work, community cohesion and housing issues. She also served as Justice of the Peace for 23 years at Barking Court.


             Mayor Anthony Ramsey                            Big turnout for Rita and Fred

Following speeches from both The Mayor and Jon Cruddas MP, Rita and Fred were presented with engraved watches, congratulating them on their MBE’s and their outstanding contributions to the local community. The watches were presented by Jon Cruddas and were given on behalf of the Constituency Labour Party. After the official business had been concluded there was a small buffet put on by the CLP for Rita and Fred at the Dagenham Village Hall.

Jon commented: “They are a shining example of public service and everything it should be. The contributions made by both Rita and Fred are a fantastic example of the good society in practice, working closely with local residents and committees to greatly improve the area. I think it is great that they are receiving national recognition for all the work they have done, and continue to do in Dagenham.”


        Alderman Fred Jones with collegues                    The MP's advice surgery team


       Bob Little and Cllr Jeanne Alexander                    Local Dagenham Ward Councillors