Richmond business leader receives British Empire Medal

Marcia McLuckie, second from left top row, collects her medal.

Richmond business and community leader Marcia McLuckie has been presented with her British Empire Medal.

Marcia received the honour from The Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Johanna Ropner.

The ceremony was conducted in the presence of Clare Granger, High Sheriff of North Yorkshire.

Marcia was awarded the honour in the King’s Birthday Honours for services to the environment and to the community in Richmond.

Marcia is former chair of the Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association.

She said: “I felt very privileged to be receiving the award and humbled to hear what other recipients had done and how much of their time they had so generously given to help others. It was very moving to be part of the presentation ceremony.

“I am most appreciative of the person/people who must have supported my nomination and of the Medal committee who have recognised me with the British Empire Medal.

“My husband, Dennis, has been a great support in my endeavours through the Original Richmond Business and Tourism Association to support Richmond and its many independent businesses and our community, and the help given to my efforts by local business people.

“My sons and daughter are also very pleased for me. It is wonderful to be so appreciated.”

In 2018, Marcia prepared the town’s submission for the Great British High Street Awards in 2018, which it was ultimately shortlisted in the champion high street category.

She was a key figure in the the town’s entry to the 2019 Yorkshire in Bloom Awards where it won a silver gilt award.

In 2021, Marcia was heavily involved in the town’s 950th anniversary celebrations.

Marcia and husband Dennis run a holiday cottage business in the town.

They are the custodians of Mr York’s Walled Garden, a garden in the town’s Cravengate which they open every year to raise money for local charities.

The garden was built in around 1746 by John Yorke to celebrate the Duke of Cumberland’s victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie at the Battle of Culloden.