Alan Stennett receives British Empire Medal

Lincolnshire author Alan Stennett.
Lincolnshire author Alan Stennett.

Alan Stennett, stalwart of agricultural broadcasting, farming and railway history, was awarded a British Empire Medal for “services to agriculture and broadcasting in Lincolnshire” in the New Year’s Honours.

Alan’s work to promote Lincolnshire food and farming is long-standing. Since 1980 he has produced and presented BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s weekly farming programme.

His interests extend not just to Lincolnshire’s farming industry, but to its history too and he is the author of many books and videos portraying the history of county’s railways and its local dialect: his tome on this subject is called “Nobbut a Yellerbelly”!

NFU Regional Director, Richard Hezlet said: “I am so pleased that Alan’s many years of dedication to his work and to our industry, have been recognised. He has worked tirelessly to promote an understanding of agricultural matters not just to his farming audience, but to the people of Lincolnshire and beyond.

“He has also worked for many years for the Lincolnshire Show, where he commentates each year and is a member of the Agricultural Society’s Council and its education committee . His writing and talks take him far and wide and he is rightly recognised as the voice of Lincolnshire farming.”

Meanwhile, chairman of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, John Lockwood, who farms at Cammeringham near Lincoln, has received an MBE for services to agriculture in Lincolnshire.