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Last Updated: Saturday, 14 June, 2003, 08:58 GMT 09:58 UK
Consuls honoured after Bali bomb
The aftermath of the bombing in Bali last October
The brothers led a team of volunteers following the attack
Two brothers have been honoured with OBEs for their extensive efforts to help victims of the Bali bombing and their relatives.

On Saturday, Mark and Philip Wilson dedicated their awards to the volunteers who helped them, as well as the expatriate community on the Indonesian island.

As British honorary consul to Bali and assistant honorary consul, the brothers, originally from Burnley, Lancashire, led a team of volunteers in the aftermath of the attack last year.

More than 200 people, including around 27 Britons, were killed when two car bombs exploded outside the Sari Club in the island's Kuta district on 12 October.

The brothers co-ordinated the production of a list of Britons who were missing or confirmed dead, by visiting every hotel on the island, and comforting relatives and victims.

For me the award is recognition for a whole team of people who volunteered
Mark Wilson
Mark, 56, honorary consul, said he was "very grateful" for being honoured with the award.

However, he said: "It would have been nice if we had earned it in different circumstances.

"My feeling was always that if there was going to be any recognition for what we did, it should have been given to 64 volunteers who came to help.

"For me the award is recognition for a whole team of people who volunteered.

"It was an incredible effort from everybody and I guess that the other Britons on the island see me - as the honorary consul - as their representative for the community.

'Knocked out'

"And in my role I will accept and dedicate the award to them."

Philip, 55, who married in February, said he was "totally knocked out" by the recognition the pair had received.

"I'm overwhelmed by it all," he said. "We just had a job to do - we stepped up and we did it."

Four other Britons who live on the island have been honoured with MBEs.

Other people honoured in Lancashire include a Knights Bachelor for William Taylor, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

Lilian Doris Thompson, the 100-year-old chairman of Blackpool Pleasure Beach Ltd, has also been awarded an OBE for her services to the community.

It follows on from the MBE she was awarded 30 years ago.


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