Betty Smith Billington BEM


3rd April 2024

New Year Honours list. 

Working closely with Dorset Police and the county’s two councils, Betty has brought better understanding of the Traveller way of life in Dorset. 

She said: “It’s really a great honour and feels so good to get recognised, but it’s also is good for the Gypsy and Traveller communities to be recognised. 

“Several already have MBEs and OBEs, it’s not a new thing, but there are not many of us who have been recognised. 

“But this just says to people that we are not the stereotype that people say we are and we do do a lot for the community.  

“We are just normal people: my father served in the Royal Marines, and people say we don’t do anything for the country, but we do.” 


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