Mother of murdered goth Sophie Lancaster is awarded OBE

Campaigner Sylvia Lancaster commented: 'It's a validation of the work we do and of the alternative subcultures'

Sylvia Lancaster, the mother of Sophie Lancaster – who was murdered in 2008 for being a goth – has been awarded an OBE for her work against hate crimes.

20-year-old Sophie – pictured above – was attacked in 2007 alongside her boyfriend, who survived, because of the way she was dressed and looked. Since her murder, her mother has campaigned against hate crimes, setting up the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, which fights prejudice against subcultures and minorities.

BBC News reports that Sylvia was honoured last week at Buckingham Palace, receiving her OBE from Prince Charles. She was carrying a bag with an emblem of a skull on it, ‘to represent subcultures’. Sylvia commented: “It’s a validation of the work we do and of the alternative subcultures.”


Last year, Brendan Harris, one of the men jailed for life in 2008 following the murder, had four months added to his sentence after he attacked a mental health nurse. Harris and his accomplice Ryan Herbert repeatedly stamped and kicked Lancaster in the head until she died. The incident with the nurse happened at a psychiatric hospital where Harris was transferred in 2012 after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.