HOLOCAUST survivor Tomi Komoly has been honoured for his work telling schoolchildren about his experiences as a child in Hungary during the Second World War.

Tomi will be 84 next month, and before the pandemic gave talks to 13-year-old students for the Holocaust Educational Trust about living in Budapest during the war.

He has been a volunteer for the trust since 2016, and his services to Holocaust education and awareness have seen him awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Tomi is one of three Wilmslow people to be honoured by the Queen, along with Carl Daniels and Elizabeth Vega, who have received an MBE and OBE respectively.

Tomi said: “I was terribly honoured to receive the award, and hope as Covid-19 diminishes I can start my talks again.

“We lived in continual fear of being deported during the war. My mother realised we could be the next people to be rounded up to be taken to the trains, and found another place to hide.

“We lived in two safe houses in the city, and eventually found a non- Jewish family, who at the risk of their own life, were willing to hide us in their cellar until we were liberated by the Russians.

“I was lucky to escape being in a camp, and the children I speak to get to hear someone’s experiences, as an eight-year-old child, of what it was it like to be persecuted.”

Tomi came to Britain on a university scholarship in 1956 and qualified as an engineer. He married and had two children, and now has seven grandchildren.

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Elizabeth Vega

Company CEO Elizabeth Vega said she was ‘delighted and humbled’ to receive her honour, awarded for services to international trade and digital transformation.

Under her leadership, Altrincham-based Informed Solutions has developed world-class capabilities in creating enterprise-level digital platforms and solutions that transform complex, high stakes business operations.

Elizabeth said: “I am delighted and humbled for this huge honour, and in particular to be recognised for work across what I believe are two vitally important areas that will support and leverage recovery for the UK and ease the transition as we leave the European Union.”

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Carl Daniels

Carl Daniels is Deputy Senior Responsible Officer of the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP), which works to improve how responder agencies work together at incidents, and was recognised for his services to incident response.

He has been working in incident response for 26 years, initially as a paramedic with North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, and for the past eight years has been working on JESIP.

Carl said: "It is a great privilege to receive this honour. While it is in recognition of my work in incident response, none of this would have been possible without the support of my wife Kate, family, friends and amazing colleagues who share my passion for the work we do."