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British Empire Medal to William(Bill) Joseph Watson

On Tuesday 14th May 2024 Durham Freemason William (Bill) Watson had the great pleasure of being presented the British Empire Medal, by The Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham Sue Snowdon.

This medal is granted in recognition of meritorious civil or military service by His Majesty the King. Bill Watson has made a huge, significant difference to the musical lives of countless over the whole of the North East. As a music teacher, Director of the Great North Big Band Festival, Musical Director of the Sunderland University Big Band and as a founder member and Secretary of the Saint Cecilia Freemasons Lodge in Durham he has given countless opportunities for young musicians in a variety of ways.

His passion for music is palpable, and Its impossible not to be impressed by the amazing range of activities Bill has been involved with and his passion for music.His drive and total dedication and energy makes him a most worthy recipient of this honour.

Congratulations from all at Durham Freemasons Bill.

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