Epsom and Ewell's former Mayor Neil Dallen has been recognized in the New Year's Honours list.

Residents' Association Councillor Dallen was named "a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire" (MBE) on the recently announced list of awardees.

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council (EEBC), who announced the news, said that he had been honoured for "services to Local Government and to Young People".

Dallen is an RA councillor for Town Ward in Epsom and served as mayor between 2018-19.

During his tenure he sponsored charities that supported both young and older residents in the borough.

Previously a long-time members of the Scouts, Dallen helped run a group of 250 plus Scouts in the borough before becoming a councillor.

He led groups to Sweden and Uganda, took a contingent to the Scouts' 21st World Jamboree, produced local gang shows at the Epsom Playhouse, and oversaw a number of events in the town including the annual fireworks display.

Dallen was replaced as mayor by his former deputy John Beckett earlier this year.