ONE OF the founders of the Pershore Operatic and Dramatic Society (PODS) has been honoured with a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Pershore’s Judy Megarry, co-founder of the town’s ever popular group, was handed the honour in the list which was revealed on Friday evening (June 10).
PODS was founded 27 years ago on January 25 1989 when Judy and Stuart Megarry held an inaugural meeting having posted leaflets around the town.
Over a quarter of a century and many shows later PODS is still going strong and now affiliated with Number 8 Community Arts Centre in Pershore as the resident company.
Also receiving the British Empire Medal was long serving Broadway councillor Liz Eyre who was rewarded for her political service.
As well as being the Conservative county councillor for the area on Worcestershire County Council, Coun Eyre is a former cabinet member and currently serves as vice chairman on the authority’s Overview and Scrutiny Performance Board.
Louise Dyson has also been honoured for her commitment to the performing arts with an MBE.
Ms Dyson founded the VisABLE Talent Agency, the world’s first to supply disabled actors, presenters and models to the advertising industry, television and film companies, radio and theatre.