A COUPLE who have been involved with their local cricket club for more than 50 years have been recognised with a national honour.

Joy and John Hudson, of Norton, have been given a British Citizen Award (BCA) for their services to the community.

The BCAs were launched in January 2015 to recognise exceptional individuals who make a positive impact on society. BCAs are awarded twice annually, and recognise “everyday” people whose achievements may otherwise be overlooked.

Joy, 70, and John, 75, have both been involved with Malton Cricket Club since the 1960s.

Over the years, they have helped raise funds to keep the club going, as well as overseeing the building and its maintenance.

John was also a governor at Norton College for 25 years, over half that time as chairman of governors.

The Hudsons will be among 36 medallists who will be honoured at a ceremony on January 25, at the Palace of Westminster in London.

John said: “We were staggered when we were told about the award, but also very proud.

“With four children and five grandchildren we continue to be involved to give something back to our local community. Joy decided to give more of her time to the cricket club for a further year to raise money to help it continue to operate, and that was now more than 20 years ago and she’s still very much committed.

“In my opinion, Joy is much more deserving of the award then me, but I’m sure she would disagree.”

Joy said: “John always played sports and although I was never sporty but found myself being a lifetime supporter, helping out whoever and wherever I could.

“The letter advising us of our awards left us speechless.

“Volunteers don’t expect recognition or awards, they just do what they can to help others.”