Eight people prominent in Bermuda's community were recognized in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Retired public servant B A John Drinkwater received this year's highest award - Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).

The 62-year-old said: "I am grateful to the good people whom I have served.

"They are the ones who gave me this opportunity."

Mr. Drinkwater, who is now involved in church work, Meals-on-Wheels and other programmes, as a volunteer, said though he retired from public service six months ago, he is still very active. His gratitude also goes to those who considered him worthy of the award, and to his wife,

Margaret.

Meanwhile, 82-year-old Colour Sergeant Cedric Tweed, who was awarded the Queen's Certificate and Badge of Honour for 52 years in the Bermuda Militia Artillery and the Bermuda Regiment, said he was "quite happy to serve". Mr. Tweed's previous awards are a King George Medal and two stars for military service.

John Pereira and Dennis Fagundo, who were awarded for excellence in the construction industry for 40 years and counting, turned the spotlight on their staff and persons who supported the company.

"Without them we would have been nothing," they said.

60-year-old R. Kenneth Todd, who spent 40 years with the Department of Marine & Ports Services, was awarded for services to the community.

He said he felt privileged to receive the award but it was an even greater privilege to carry out the duties entrusted to him.

Awardee, Clara Hallett, was named as a pioneer of genealogy studies in Bermuda - producing reference volumes such as Early Bermuda Wills and 19th Century Church Registers of Bermuda.

Marva Trott was awarded for her work in the tourism industry and, Carl Simmons was awarded for services to religion.