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Former Premier Scott given the CBE

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Former Premier Alex Scott has been appointed Commander of the British Empire, and charity founder Clem Talbot recognised as Member of the British Empire along with Raleigh Bermuda’s Michael Spurling.

For Mr Scott, the accolade made for “an exhilarating fortnight”, as he was honoured for his political career at the start of the month.

“I did not go into politics for recognition, so this becomes a pleasant surprise,” Mr Scott told

The Royal Gazette.

Initiated into politics by former Progressive Labour Party leader Frederick Wade, Mr Scott was appointed to the Senate in 1985, eventually becoming Opposition Leader in the Senate. He became an MP in 1993, and Premier ten years later.

Mr Scott also served as one of the five members of the Pitt Commission investigating Bermuda’s 1977 riots.

Last night he said he’d celebrate the honour with his family “as they have made a greater sacrifice than myself”.

Clem Talbot took the MBE for services to the community, in recognition of fundraising through the Ross (Blackie) Talbot Foundation and Ross (Blackie) Talbot Golf Tournament.

The initiative is named after Mr Talbot’s late father.

“I didn’t expect this at all,” Mr Talbot said. “When I got the call from the Governor I was in between minds as to whether I should accept it, as there are far more worthy individuals than I. What I did over the last 20 years, raising almost $4 million for some 85 charities, was not for recognition. I think I will probably reflect on it quietly with my wife.”

Raleigh Bermuda founder and chairman Michael Spurling was last night overseas in the UK.

His work with the youth development organisation earned him the Queen’s birthday honour.

Mr Spurling is known for his contribution to Raleigh Bermuda and its impact on young people. A spokeswoman said he had “worked tirelessly to address the issues facing some of our most troubled youth”.

Alex Scott
Clem Talbot
Michael Spurling
Calvin Ming
Raymond Ming
Joan Blades

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Published June 15, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 15, 2013 at 1:20 am)

Former Premier Scott given the CBE

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