Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

New Year Honours for wide range of Northern Ireland's local heroes

OBE: For services to the community and charitable fundraising - Georgina Dickson is still fundraising at the age of 89

Full list of Northern Ireland honours.

GEORGINA DICKSON



GEORGINA Dickson will mark her 90th birthday next month with a party organised by her three grandchildren.

But her family will also be celebrating her OBE which she has received in the New Year Honours.

The Cregagh woman, who has lived in Ballynahinch for 40 years, is a well- known figure in her area.

Having retired in the 1970s, the mother-of-two has been fundraising for Christian Aid for nearly 20 years.

She still goes door-to-door in the Ballynahinch area, collecting donations for the organisation.

Still driving — having obtained her licence first time at the age of 50 — she also transports friends and neighbours to hospital appointments in her spare time.

For many years Georgina was a member of the Presbyterian Women's Association.

She said: “I'm never stuck in the house too long.

“God has been good to me. I have been blessed with good health.”

She added: “It's lovely to get this.”

JOHN CROSBY

MBE: For services to engineering and manufacturing in Northern Ireland

AN 81-year-old has been named in the New Year Honours List for making some of the fastest cars in the world.

John Crosby, a former champion motorcyclist, founded Crosslé Car Company in 1957 when he built his first racing car.

The firm's reputation for producing top quality vehicles for an international market has accelerated rapidly.

The Crosslé MK1, MK11 and MK 111 - all 1172cc Ford Specials - won the majority of their races.

In 1969 John created his first Formula Ford, the 16F in which Gerry Birrell won the European Formula Ford Championship.

By the late 1970s 100 cars a year were being produced, with exports forming 81% of sales.

Based in Holywood, Co Down, the company is now the world's longest-established racing car constructor which has produced vehicles for the likes of Nigel Mansell, Eddie Irvine and Derek Daly.

GERALDINE LINFORD

MBE: For voluntary service to young people through the Girl Guides and Millennium Volunteer Programme

LIFELONG links to the armed forces mean Geraldine Linford has moved home innumerable times.

Yet, for the past 45 years the Girl Guides has been the one constant in her life.

Geraldine, from Broughshane in Co Antrim, has been bestowed with an MBE for dedicating her life to the organisation.

The 62-year-old became involved with the Girl Guides at the age of 17 and joined the RAF a short time later.

Following her marriage to James in 1977, she left the RAF and dedicated herself to guiding, setting up a Guide company in Kells.

She also served the organisation in Germany, Cyprus and England.

Geraldine is currently the youth leader and rainbow leader at St Patrick's Church in Broughshane as well as training co-ordinator and international adviser for North Antrim county, and she is also a leader mentor.

Of the Girl Guides, she said: "I like the challenge of delivering the programme to young people and watching them grow and become mature adults.

"Guiding is a very worthwhile organisation. We cannot afford to lose it or its ethos.

"When I put my Guidewear on I become 18 again. It keeps me young, even if the body is wearing out."

MERVYN FERRIS

MBE: For voluntary service to young people in Co Down through the Scouts

MERVYN Ferris joined the Scouts as an 11-year-old in 1952. Sixty years on he's the leader of 1st Newry Earl of Kilmorey Scout Group.

He said he has seen sweeping changes in both the organisation and young people in the intervening decades.

"The group, which is based in the centre in Sandy's Street in Newry, started in 1910 when some local lads formed their own patrol and then went off in search of leaders," said Mervyn.

"In those days we wore the old uniform with a hat much like the Canadian Mounties. Today the boys end up wet, as we've dispensed with the hat.

"The Scout programme has changed, too, to keep pace with the changing needs of young people today.

"When I joined I don't think there were as many demands on children, especially in the field of education."

Mervyn said the organisation still has a key role to play in the development of boys.

FRANCIS BRADY

MBE: For services to tourism and hospitality in Northern Ireland

AN innate desire to please others is a trait which has led to a Ballycastle man receiving an MBE for his services to tourism and hospitality.

Hospitality is in Francis Brady's blood. His parents worked in the spirits industry for years and he followed suit before moving into hotel management.

Mr Brady, who grew up in Belfast, has been managing director of the La Mon Hotel and Country Club, near Castlereagh, for the past 20 years.

He has completely revamped the hotel, taking it to four-star status.

The 61-year-old says he owes a lot of his success to his "dedicated" staff - some of whom have been with him since the beginning. Mr Brady said: "It is amazing to receive an MBE for doing something I get so much enjoyment from.

"I am a very hands-on managing director and like to be involved in every aspect of the hotel. I am so honoured to get this recognition."

THOMAS MILLAR

MBE: For services to pipe band music in Northern Ireland

PIPE band stalwart Thomas Millar admitted he was still in shock at receiving news of his honour.

The Ballymena man has been involved in pipe bands since joining his first band as a 15-year-old in 1947.

Now 80, he said his love affair with the music is as strong as ever, and he continues to host regular pipe band shows on BBC Radio Ulster. He said: "It's a great honour. I've been in the business a long time and I'm delighted. It was a complete surprise."

As well as performing in and organising events, Thomas has also written at length on his passion, both for local and regional titles, and has had regular pipe band columns over the years, helping to promote his passion.

Throughout his working life he balanced working in newspaper production with his pipe band commitments.

He said when he first became involved, pipe band competitions took place in small halls throughout the country. Nowadays the world championship pulls in crowds of 40,000.

"It's very rewarding and you get to meet a lot of good people. It's just good, clean fun."

CHARLES FRIEL

BEM: For services to the Railway Preservation Society of Northern Ireland

THE sound of trains was one of the first noises heard by Charles Friel (66), who has been awarded a British Empire Medal for his services to the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland.

Born in Fermanagh County Hospital, a stone's throw from the old railway line, Charles's fascination with locomotives began at an early age and has continued throughout his life.

When the Railway Preservation Society - which runs a museum in Whitehead and operates steam-hauled excursions - was founded in Belfast in 1964 he signed up and what was once just a hobby soon became a way of life.

"Over the years I have had many roles within the society. I love the experience of travelling behind steam - the sights and sounds.

"My fascination with trains does not stop with the actual mechanics or make-up of them, I also have keen interest in the social issues surrounding what was at one time the most popular mode of transport, what positive and negative differences a railway line made to an area."

Mr Friel also acted as an adviser to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum when it was building a railway replica in the early 1990s.

He said he was delighted to be honoured with a BEM and added: "I still have no idea who put me forward for this but I am chuffed."

PROF EILEEN EVASON

CBE: For services to disadvantaged people in Ulster

THE 65-year-old from Birmingham, who has lived in Belfast most of her adult life, was instrumental in setting up the first refuges for women experiencing domestic abuse in Belfast, Londonderry and Coleraine.

Eileen, who appears on Radio Ulster's On Your Behalf, has a lengthy list of publications focusing on the needs of older people, pensions policy, women's issues and health and social care.

A trustee of AgeNI and a vice chair of the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Eileen said: "This is a compliment and it's recognition for people who work at CAB (Citizens Advice Bureau) and independent advice centres."

LINDSAY HANNA

BEM: For services to people with disabilities through the Riding for the Disabled Association

A CO Down man has received a British Empire Medal for his services to people with physical and mental disabilities.

Lindsay Hanna set up Laurelbank Carriage Driving For The Disabled, near Saintfield, 25 years ago. The aim of the group was to give disabled people an outlet and a chance to prove they can accomplish difficult sports.

"I am absolutely delighted with this honour.

"I owe a lot to my wife Irene," he said.

Full list of Northern Ireland honours



Companions of the Order of the Bath (CB)

Oswyn George Paulin Head of Government Legal Service, Northern Ireland Executive. For services to Government in Northern Ireland and voluntary service through the Scout Association.



Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)

Justice Thomas Alexander Burgess

Lately, Presiding County Court Judge and Temporary High Court Judge and Recorder of Belfast. For services to the Administration of Justice.



Professor Joseph Stuart Elborn

Professor of Respiratory Medicine and Consultant Physician, Queen’s University Belfast. For services to Healthcare in Northern Ireland.



Eileen Evason

For services to the Disadvantaged in Northern Ireland.





Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)



Wendy Suzanne Blundell

Head, Devolved Regions, Institution of Civil Engineers. For services to the Construction Industry in Northern Ireland.



Martin Eugene Bradley

Lately Chief Nursing Officer. For services to Nursing in Northern Ireland and the UK.



Sarah Anne Geraldine Carville jp

For services to Historical Geography and the community in Northern Ireland.



Jennifer Ann Cooke jp

For services to Musical Theatre and to the community in Northern Ireland.



Walker George Ewart

Inspector, Education and Training Inspectorate (Grade 6). For services to Education.



Bryan Keating

Entrepreneur. For services to Economic Development in Northern Ireland.



Paul Kinkead

Head of Environment and Protection, Michelin Tyres plc. For services to Environmental Protection in Northern Ireland.



Michael Smith

Chief Executive and Managing Director, Titanic Quarter Ltd. For services to Economic Development and Urban Regeneration in Belfast.



Professor Alan Richard Woodside

Director, Transport and Road Assessment Centre, University of Ulster. For services to Higher Education and Highway Engineering in Northern Ireland.



Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Robert James Alexander

For voluntary and community service in Northern Ireland.



Joyce Andree Best

For voluntary services to Young People in Ulster though Girl Guiding.



Joanna Margaret Boyd

Women’s Officer, Derry City Council. For services to Local Government in Northern Ireland.



David Bradley

Principal Officer, Northern Ireland Prison Service. For services to Vulnerable Prisoners and voluntary service to the Royal British Legion.



Francis Brady

Managing Director, La Mon Hotel & Country Club. For services to tourism and hospitality in Northern Ireland.



John Arthur Brannigan

Lately, Director of Investigations, Historical Enquiries Team. For services to Policing and to the community in Northern Ireland.



Peter Thomas Simmons Breene

Chair, Board of Governors Finaghy Primary School. For voluntary service to Education in Northern Ireland.



Elizabeth Emma Campbell

For voluntary services to Young People in Ulster through Girl Guiding and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.



James Nicholas Clarke

Banqueting Operations Co-ordinator, Queen's University Belfast. For services to Higher Education in Northern Ireland.



Maureen Clarke

Founder, Angels of Hope. For services to People with Ovarian Cancer and their families.



Samuel Cordner

Superintendent, PSNI. For services to Policing and to the community in South Armagh.



John Locker Crossle

Founder, Crossle Car Company. For services to Engineering and Manufacturing in Northern Ireland.



Elizabeth Joyce Doherty

For services to Nursing and Healthcare in Northern Ireland.



Jennifer Susan Eitel

Chair, Board of Governors, Dungannon Nursery and Sperrinview Special Schools. For services to the Education in Northern Ireland.



Mervyn Ferris

For voluntary service to Young People in Co Down through the Scout Association.



Jennifer Elizabeth Graham

Assistant Speech and Language Therapist Manager, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Speech and Language Therapy in Northern Ireland.



Thomas George Hugh Hanlon

For voluntary service to Young People in Co. Armagh through the Boys Brigade.



Deirdre Elizabeth Hilton

Former National President, UK and Irish Dexter Society. For services to the conservation of Dexter cattle in Northern Ireland.



Wilhelmina Elizabeth Houston

Staff Officer, College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise, Northern Ireland Executive. For services to Greenmount College and to the community in Ulster.



Charles Hutchison

Principal, Charles Hutchison Consulting. For services to Health and Safety in Northern Ireland.



Barbara Judge

Teacher Tutor, South Eastern Regional College. For services to Further Education in Northern Ireland.



Vera Elizabeth Kelso

Lead Midwife, the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. For services to Nursing in Northern Ireland.



Dianne Margaret Leeman

Manager, Belfast City Tour Service, Belfast City Council. For services to Local Government and Tourism.



Geraldine Price Linford

For voluntary service to Young People in Northern Ireland through the Girl Guides and Millennium Volunteer Programme.



Brian McDowell

Voluntary receptionist Lagan Valley Civic Centre Lisburn. For voluntary services to the community in Lisburn.



Dennis Patrick McKeever

For services to the Drama and Music in Northern Ireland.



Howard William (Jasper) McKinney

Assistant Director for Student Services, Southern Regional College. For services to Further Education and Student Welfare in Northern Ireland.



Ian McMorris

Chairperson of the Board of Governors, Lagan College. For voluntary service to Integrated Education in Northern Ireland.



Charles William McMurray

Treasurer, Building Preservation Trust Movement. For services to Built Heritage and to Conservation in Northern Ireland.



Sylvia Flora Agnes McRoberts

Member, Armagh City and District Council. For services to Local Government and to the community.



Gerry Thomas Millar

General Practitioner and Macmillan Facilitator. For services to Healthcare in Northern Ireland.



Thomas Millar

Broadcaster, BBC Radio Ulster. For services to Pipe Band Music in Northern Ireland.



Catherine Lynn Myers

No further information to be provided at request of recipient.



Patricia O'Hagan

Managing Director of Core Systems (NI) Ltd. For services to the Northern Ireland Economy.



Elizabeth Rosemary Pearce

For her services to the Samaritans and to Cruse Bereavement Care in Northern Ireland.



William John Scott

For voluntary service to the Air Training Corps in Northern Ireland.



Kenneth James Sharkey

Farmer and Member, Livestock and Meat Commission. For services to Agriculture in Northern Ireland.



Gary White

Lately Chief Superintendent, PSNI. For services to Policing and to the community in North and West Belfast.



John Hampton Wilson

For services to the community in Northern Ireland.





British Empire Medal (BEM)



Ronald Victor Cathcart

Committee member, Co. Armagh Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Association. For voluntary services to the community in Northern Ireland.



Kate Clarke

For services to Young People in Co Down through the Kircubbin Youth Club and After Schools Club.



Ian Alexander Coulter

Charity Fundraiser. For services to charitable fundraising in Northern Ireland.



Mary Margaret Dale

For services to charity and to the community in Banbridge, Northern Ireland.



Georgina Dickson

For services to the community and charitable fundraising in Ballynahinch, Northern Ireland.



Charles Patrick Friel

For services to the Railway Preservation Society of Northern Ireland.



Mary Graham

For voluntary service to Healthcare.



Lindsay Hanna

Chairman, Laurelbank Carriage Driving for Disabled Group. For People with Physical and Mental Disabilities through the Riding for the Disabled Association.



Rachel Hemphill

Honorary Chair, Cancer Research UK Castlederg Fundraising Committee. For services to the community in Northern Ireland.



Wesley William Lewis jp

For services to Young People in Belfast through the Boys Brigade.



Ethel McIvor

Leader, Lollipop Playgroup, Donaghamore. For services to the development of Early Years Education in Northern Ireland.



Bridget Philomena Meyler

For services to Music in Northern Ireland.



Maureen Neely

Administrator, Altnagelvin Hospital. For services to Healthcare and to the community in Northern Ireland.



Margaret Reid

For services to the community in Northern Ireland.





Valerie Gwendoline Robb

Member, Downshire School Parent Teachers Association, Carrickfergus. For services to Education in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.





Mary Rose Paula Scott

Complementary Therapist, Northern Ireland Hospice. For services to Healthcare in Northern Ireland.



Queen’s Police Medal (QPM)



Steven ATKINSON Sergeant, Police Service of Northern Ireland.



James HARKNESS Temporary Detective Chief Inspector, Police Service of Northern Ireland.



Philip MENARY Inspector, Police Service of Northern Ireland.



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