Two city women named in New Year's Honours List

A Peterborough woman who helps children from deprived areas of the country and a woman who visits city schools to teach youngsters about the horrors of the holocaust, have been named in the New Year’s Honours List.

Bisoye Babalola, who founded Nights Global, a self-funded film festival and platform for independent visual artists has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the creative industries.

Nights Global gives new filmmakers the opportunity to screen their films and Bisoye has connected with schools in deprived areas of London and convinced personal contacts and Nights Global directors to screen their films to them.

She also teaches the children to be self-starters by sharing career journeys and advice, increasing their industry acumen and linking to them work experience through a special club.

Meanwhile holocaust survivor Eva Clarke, from Cambridgeshire, has also been awarded the BEM.

Eva, who lost most of her family in the death camps of the Second World War, makes regular visits to schools across the country to speak about the Holocaust.

Eva was born at the Mauthausen Concentration Camp in April 1945, just days before it was liberated.

She and her mother Anna were the only survivors of their family, 15 members of whom were killed in Auschwitz. Eva’s mother survived a nightmare three-week journey in an open coal truck as prisoners were moved to Mauthausen.

Councillor Irene Walsh, Peterborough City Council's Cabinet Member for Communities, said: "This is a fantastic honour for both ladies and for the Peterborough area as a whole.

"On behalf of Peterborough City Council I would like to congratulate them both on being recognised for such an important award."

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