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  • Unique medal honour for former usher described as ‘the best of the best’

    Henry James

    A FORMER usher at Liverpool Crown Court, who lives in Maghull, has been given a unique medal honour - and described as “the best of the best.”

    Ian Filby, who retired in June after 37 years service, has been given the Imperial Service Medal at a special ceremony at the court.

    The award is only presented to selected civil servants who complete 25 years service and his former Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, pointed out that while the courtroom had seen many speeches of welcome and farewell, never before a medal presentation.

    He also thanked him for finding time in his busy schedule flitting between foreign holiday resorts to come back to his old stomping ground.

    The High Sheriff of Merseyside, Jim Davies, made the presentation to unassuming Ian, describing him as “the best of the best.”

    Ian, began his career at St George’s Hall, where the court was then based, and worked with four Recorders of Liverpool, including Judge Henry Globe, QC, now a High Court judge, and who was present at the ceremony.

    The medal was accompanied by a certificate stating that the Queen “was graciously pleased” to award the medal to him “in recognition of the meritorious services which you have rendered.”


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