THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR to Spain presented Sylvia Tatnellfrom Teulada-Moraira with a British Empire Medal last week.
British Empire Medals are awarded twice annually by Her Majesty The Queen and recognise meritorious civil or military service.
Sylvia, who moved to Teulada-Moraira in 1971, was presented with the medal for her services to British residents and the wider community here in Spain.
She was a local councillor for 25 years and Head of Social Services.
Sylvia is now President of the Teulada-Moraira Alzheimer’s Society (AFA) and helps the municipality’s most vulnerable residents.
She was surrounded by her family and friends at the award ceremony and said:
“I am overwhelmed. I decided to go into politics 25 years ago, because I felt I could be of help to fellow British residents in Spain. I am deeply honored to have received this award, which is a fantastic encouragement to continue assisting people in need.”
She also expressed her greatest thanks to former mayors Antoni Joan Bertomeu and Pepe Ciscar – who attended the award ceremony – for their support whilst she worked at the Town Hall.
Silvia is now entitled to sign using the post-nominal letters “BEM”.