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OBE for Frinton charity worker
11:00am Sunday 24th June 2012 in News
A FRINTON man who has spent the last 22 years helping visually impaired people in Romania has been given an OBE.
Stan Platt was given the award by the Queen for his voluntary work abroad.
President of the Light into Europe foundation, Mr Platt first visited Romania in 1990 on an air ambulance mission.
He saw how little help was available for visually impaired people, and moved there permanently to do what he could to help.
He said: “It is a great honour to be bestowed such a prodigious award. It was a great surprise and I was speechless when I heard it.
“I love Romania and its people, and have tried to use my knowledge to help wherever I can."
Mr Platt still owns Harwoods department store in Frinton, as well as a house in Walton, and wants to retire to the area with his Romanian wife in the future.