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Lido volunteer is appointed MBE

A man who started working part-time at Cheltenham's Sandford Lido in 1953 and campaigned tirelessly to keep it open in 1995 has been appointed MBE.

Ronald Coltman, 78, who had progressed up to managerial level, was determined not to let the lido close and worked with local businesses.

Between them they formed Sandford Lido trust and National Heritage declared it a Listed Protected Historical Site.

Mr Coltman receives his honour for voluntary services to the lido.

A massive repair and refurbishment took place in 2006.

Since 1995 all his work has been voluntary and he often spends eight hours a day at the Lido.

Other honours in Gloucestershire include:


John Caines, of Cheltenham, for services to entrepreneurship and to business in the South West.

Rhydian Morgan-Jones, of Stow-on-the-Wold, for services to the horseracing industry.


Claude Bullingham, of Cheltenham, for voluntary service to the community in Whaddon.

David Curwen, of Stroud, for services to the environment and to the community in the Cotswolds.

June Mary Harbott, of Gloucester, for voluntary service to the community in Stroud.

Dr Nigel Seddon, of Stroud, for services to the defence industry.

Niel Curwen, who is chairman of the Cotswolds Conservation Board - the organisation that exists to oversee the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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