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Matlock war veteran presented with Légion d’Honneur medal

Geoff Cobb (left) with Monsieur Lafontaine and the Mayor of Matlock, Councillor Ann Elliott.
Geoff Cobb (left) with Monsieur Lafontaine and the Mayor of Matlock, Councillor Ann Elliott.

A moving and emotional presentation took place at the reception that followed the Matlock Mayor’s Civic Service on Sunday April 8.

In 2014 the French government decided to award the Legion d’Honneur to individuals from their allies who participated in the Normandy Landings in 1944.

The landings triggered the liberation of France from the rule of Nazi Germany during the Second World War.

Geoff Cobb, a 93-year-old long-time Matlock resident, was one of those who took part in the landings and he was presented with his medal by the regional Honorary Consul of France, Monsieur Jean-Claude Lafontaine.

The civic service was held at All Saints Church, on Smedley Street in Matlock, and was attended by members of Matlock Town Council, local and neighbouring civic dignitaries, representatives of Matlock organisations and friends and family of town mayor Councillor Ann Elliott.

At the reception, civic awards were also presented to three individuals who have worked tirelessly in the service of the community over many years.

Jim Higham received his award for managing the annual Royal British Legion Poppy appeal in Matlock, as well as acting as the parade marshall at the annual remembrance service, until his retirement from these roles last year.

Claire Orford and Julie Brownbill received their awards for their work as leaders of the guides and brownies in Matlock and Tansley, and in Claire’s case also as district commissioner and secretary.