Peter Jones, BEM
Dateline 14th June 2014:-
Club Hon.Sec. Peter Jones is awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2014, for “services to Dance”.
Peter has been the power-house behind Avon Amateur Dancers Club for all but seven of its 39-year history. Members will be aware of him as the club secretary and treasurer, which involves many hours work behind the scenes in the run up to Avon events and committee meetings: preparing the financial reports, dealing with club correspondence, preparing circulars and programmes for members, negotiating and booking venues and catering, booking demonstrations and adjudicators… I’m sure that’s not the half of it. What does the rest of the committee do? Well, we don’t sit twiddling our thumbs, but Peter stands out by his many years of dedication to the running of Avon Amateurs, and sacrifices in other aspects of life to enable that.
What many members will not know is Peter’s further involvement in the world of ballroom dancing. An ex-competitor himself, he is treasurer and membership secretary to the English Amateur Dancesport Association, and was involved with the Queen Mother’s 100th Birthday parade and the closing ceremony for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. There are also two regional ballroom competitions per year run by Avon, and the huge amount of clutter associated with running them is mostly at Peter’s house!
With his Avon hat on, we (the club) and Peter (the man at the tiller) have raised thousands of pounds on behalf of Bristol cancer charities, in memory of Gaye Biffen – a leading ballroom dancer for Bristol who sadly died of the disease the year before AADC was founded.
Although the Queen’s honour is (and can only be) awarded to one person, and although Peter must take the lion’s share of the credit, all the present and past officers, committee, and members of Avon Amateur Dancers Club can take pride that we have contributed to the effort that has resulted in this recognition.
Interviewed by Ali Vowles on BBC Radio Bristol this morning, Peter admitted he feels “humble, and very proud”. “I couldn’t do it without the support of others, I have to thank everybody for all they’ve done to help.”
Congratulations Peter, the honour is well deserved.
Ken Wood, AADC Committee