Exmouth's Jeff gets a British Empire Medal
PUBLISHED: 06:30 18 June 2016
A Brixington man, whose voluntary work has spanned everything from football to the Armed Forces, has seen his service recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Jeff Trail, 65, is to receive a British Empire Medal for services to the local community.
Jeff, who recently became deputy mayor of Exmouth, served for many years as a physical training instructor with the Royal Marines, and has volunteered for a wide range of community organisations during the 38 years he and his wife Sue have lived in the town.
Jeff said: “I was stunned when I received the news.
“I absolutely love our town and working with the people of Exmouth - to be part of this fantastic community is reward enough.
“To have now been recognised by the Crown for my efforts really is the cherry on top of the cake.”
Jeff’s achievements have included founding the Brixington Blues Youth Football Club, helping to establish the Exmouth Youth Football League, creating the Brixington and Bystock Group, and becoming the current chairman of the Brixington Improvement Group, which has worked hard to upgrade the Brixington Parade shops and support local groups in that area.
He has also served as a governor at what is now Brixington Primary Academy.
Jeff’s links with the military also remain very strong, and he has coordinated the annual Exmouth Armed Forces Day, arranged the parade for the 25th anniversary of the Falklands conflict, reintroduced the Royal Marines’ Beat Retreat to the town, assisted with the Royal Marines 350 speed march, assisted with the parade that celebrated the re-adoption of The Rifles, and worked to raise awareness of the Exmouth War Memorial in The Strand, and the Jubilee Memorial Flagpoles at the seafront clock tower.
He was also elected to Exmouth Town Council last year, and became deputy mayor in May.