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BE Tamworth

On 24th April 2015, the RMC Historian Elvis Payne was delighted to be invited to the town hall in Tamworth to be presented with a “BE Tamworth” award (in the form of a BE Tamworth pin badge) by the Mayor of Tamworth, Cllr Richard Kingstone .  The badges were awarded for anything positive, “Whether it’s saving a person’s life or collecting a newspaper for a neighbour”

BE Tamworth

At a presentation in the Town Hall Elvis’ badge was awarded for helping to promote the town through his interest in the Reliant Motor Company, organizing the Reliant vehicle display each year at the Tamworth Heritage Weekend (2005-2014) and for his photography (another of his hobbies).  Cllr Kingstone presented a slide to those present stating:

    Elvis Payne

  • A Reliant fanatic and collector
  • Extensively published with works on Reliant and avid local history fan
  • Supported heritage day
  • Photographer extraordinaire
  • Promotes Tamworth far and wide in a positive way

Whilst working on his book, “The Reliant Motor Company”,  Elvis Payne was also honored to get a letter from Buckingham Palace in which HRH The Princess Royal (who wrote a foreword for his book, “The Reliant Motor Company”) passed on her congratulations for the award. In total, over 300 badges were awarded to Tamworth citizens.

Cllr Kingstone ceased to be Mayor on May 26th 2015 and there were no further BE-Tamworth awards until 2019 when Cllr Kingstone became Mayor of Tamworth for the second time. On this occasion Elvis’ son Harvey received a BE-Tamworth award for helping to promote Tamworth via his photography. At the ceremony the Mayor informed the audience that I was awarded a BE-Tamworth award in 2015 and again mentioned the work I do in researching Reliant history, now as part of the Reliant Motor Club.

Elvis Payne Be-Tamworth

Cllr Richard Kingstone presenting the BE-Tamworth badge to Elvis Payne in 2015.

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