Kemp’s Men … are very proud and hugely pleased that Win was awarded an MBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours “for his contribution to folk music and dancing in Norfolk”.
This is in recognition of a life devoted to teaching traditional English Folk and Morris dance and music, and for tireless encouragement and support of English Folk traditions in Norfolk and elsewhere in the UK. At the age of 96, Win attending the Kemp’s Men Wednesday evening practices, and played for us when we danced out.
When Win returned to Norwich after collecting his ‘gong’ from Buckingham Palace, the Men (and Hon Men) welcomed him home with a surprise performance. This included one of his favourite traditional melodies, The Banks of the Dee.
Peter Mayne, our Squire at the time said:
“I am personally absolutely delighted… it is something for us all to savour with Win.
The award brings well deserved recognition to someone who has made a unique contribution to traditional music and dance locally and who has inspired and taught so many of us to love and celebrate our own English tradition and to enjoy through taking part.”