131206 F4P photo Wendy Parry OBE and Abbi Parry

Investiture – Wendy Parry receives the OBE

December 6, 2013 | Nick Taylor

Wendy Parry – pictured with daughter Abbi – (Friday 6th December 2013) received the OBE at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The mother of Tim who, together with three-year-old Johnathan Ball, was killed in an IRA bomb blast in Warrington, received the OBE in the Queen’s 2013 Birthday Honours list.

Wendy is the co-Founder of the Foundation For Peace – now a national and international charity – established in the boys memory supported by her husband Colin. He received an OBE in 2004.

Wendy is the inspiration behind the creation of the international Peace Centre in Warrington, opened in 2000 to help support people affected by political violence and terrorism and to promote programmes in the prevention and resolution of violent conflict.

Wendy said she is: “very proud and honoured to receive the OBE.

“Everything we have done in the past has been to keep Tim and Johnathan’s names alive. This could be another thing that will help do that.”

Members of the public who are awarded an honour in either the New Year’s Honours List or The Queen’s Birthday Honours List receive their award at a ceremony known as an Investiture.

Each year, around 2,600 people receive their awards personally from The Queen or a member of the Royal Family.

The investiture will take place in the Ballroom at Buckingham Palace and Wendy will be joined by her family.

Media coverage of Investitures

British Ceremonial Arts (BCA) is contracted to film inside Buckingham Palace and broadcasters who may wish to use this material should contact BCA on tel: 0118 977 6800/6900 or e-mail: info@bcafilm.co.uk.

A Press Association reporter always interviews recipients on a pool basis who may be of interest to the national media immediately after the presentation of the award has taken place.

A Royal Rota of photographers and television crews take their places at a press position in the Quadrangle where recipients who are happy to be interviewed may be photographed/filmed with their awards after the ceremony completes (normally around 12.15 p.m.).