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New Year Honours: Sweetest of awards for Candy Devine as broadcaster gets an MBE

By Adrian Rutherford and Jack Brennan

One of Northern Ireland's best-loved broadcasters has been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours List.

Candy Devine, who was a familiar voice to thousands of listeners during a near 40-year spell at Downtown Radio, has been awarded an MBE.

She is honoured for services to broadcasting and the community in Northern Ireland, and heads a list of 79 people recognised by the Queen.

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She appears on the list under her real name, Faye Ann McLeod. She came to Ireland in 1969 on a flying visit which was to last 44 years after she met the man who would become her husband, Donald McLeod. After a spell in the Republic, they settled in Northern Ireland in 1975, the year before Candy hit the airwaves on Downtown – the start of a 37-year career in local broadcasting.

Candy has just recently moved back to her native Australia.

For the first time more women (40) have been honoured than men (39) in Northern Ireland.

CBEs are awarded to Trevor Haslett, the chief executive of NI Water, and Patrick Morrison, Honorary Professor of Human Genetics at Queen's University.

Fourteen others receive an OBE, 34 are awarded an MBE, while 25 receive the British Empire Medal.

Three PSNI officers have been awarded the Queen's Police Medal.

The chairman of the board of Bombardier, Laurent Beaudoin, receives the Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George for services to British industry, "particularly in Northern Ireland".

Among those awarded an OBE is former Prisoner Ombudsman Pauline McCabe, who stepped down in May from her role investigating jail deaths and complaints from inmates, said she was "delighted and honoured" with her award.

"I am grateful also for the wonderful opportunity those experiences have now given me to work in other countries supporting the efforts of those trying to implement criminal justice system reform," she said.

PSNI chief superintendent Pauline Shields also receives an OBE for services to policing and the community. She has served for 27 years, most recently as district commander for the Fermanagh and Tyrone region.

Professor James McAdam, who features on the Diplomatic Service and Overseas List, is awarded an OBE. A distinguished agricultural scientist, he worked on the Faulkland Islands between 1976 and 1979 and set up an agricultural research station.

Timothy Husbands, the chief executive of Titanic Belfast, is awarded the MBE for services to economic development and tourism.

Joe McAree, a former Irish League football manager, is honoured for services to sport and the community, and George Stevenson has been recognised for his services to tennis over the last four decades.

The youngest person on this year's list is 30-year-old Barbara Blair from Ballymoney, a board member of the Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster. She is recognised for services to young people.

ROBERT MAYNE British Empire Medal

After 50 years of stellar service to the 1st Loughbrickland Boys' Brigade Company in Banbridge, Co Down, Robert Mayne becomes a British Empire Medal recipient.

He is honoured for services to young people and the community in Northern Ireland.

Mr Mayne was awarded the title of honorary captain of the company, and still leads the boys in Bible study and badge work every Monday.

"I feel very humbled and very honoured to have won the award," he said.

"I've been part of the Boys' Brigade for over 50 years, so I feel great to have been rewarded in this way. There's the ceremony first, and then a garden party in London afterwards."

GERRY COCHRANE OBE

A train enthusiast who spent the last 30 years restoring part of Northern Ireland's rail network has been honoured with an OBE.

Gerry Cochrane is one of the original directors of the Downpatrick and Co Down Railway, Northern Ireland's only full-size heritage railway.

He is honoured for services to railway preservation and tourism in Co Down.

In 1982 Mr Cochrane started work restoring a portion of the old railway in Downpatrick as a working museum and tourist attraction. He continues to restore coaches and locomotives.

"It's an honour which I would like to share with the people who have put a lot of effort into the railway project," he said.

EDNA HOWARD British Empire Medal

A woman who chairs a music society which performs to more than 5,000 people a year receives the British Empire Medal.

Edna Howard is chair of the Newcastle Glee Musical Society which has developed into a thriving group involving 100 children and 200-plus patrons.

She has also been a volunteer fundraiser for the local RNLI.

She receives her accolade for services to musical theatre and the community.

Edna said she was stunned to learn she had been honoured by The Queen.

"I'm absolutely delighted," she added. "I got a letter in November telling me about it and I was gobsmacked – I never expected it in a million years."

MARGARET DEERING British Empire Medal

A woman who has devoted her life to running a bed and breakfast in Co Down has been awarded the British Empire Medal.

Margaret Deering has been the proprietor of Ballycastle House bed & breakfast and self-catering cottages in Newtownards for over 40 years.

Mrs Deering receives the medal for her service to the tourism industry in Northern Ireland.

She said that she was both shocked and delighted at the award.

"I was at home when the letter came through the door, and thought to myself, 'what's this?' I opened the letter and couldn't believe what it was. I put it down for a minute and then read it again, and it was true," she said.

RUTH HILDA TRUEMAN British Empire Medal

A Co Armagh pensioner who is still involved in the Girls' Brigade branch she founded more than 60 years ago is honoured.

Ruth Hilda Trueman, from Craigavon, receives the British Empire Medal for services to Drumcree Girls' Brigade.

Miss Trueman founded the branch in 1949 and was its first captain, a position she held for 46 years. She is still honorary president of the brigade.

"I received a letter from the Cabinet Office at the end of November," she said.

"It was a very big surprise, I am very humbled by it."

She also served as organist of Tartaraghan Parish Church for 27 years, and at Drumcree and Ballymore churches.

Take a bow... the Northern Ireland people recognised for good works and long service in the New Year Honours List

COMPANION OF THE ORDER OF ST MICHAEL AND ST GEORGE (CMG)

Laurent Robert Beaudoin. Chairman, Bombardier Inc. Montreal, Canada. For services to British industry, particularly in Northern Ireland.

COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (CBE)

James Trevor Haslett. Chief executive Officer, NI Water. For services to the Water Industry in Northern Ireland and voluntary service to the community. (Newtownards, Down)

Professor Patrick John Morrison. Honorary Professor of Human Genetics, Queen's University, Belfast. For services to Healthcare in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (OBE)

Mrs Margaret Boden. Chief executive, Christian Aid Ireland. For services to International Development. (Banbridge, Down)

Edwin Alexander Dunlop. For services to the community in North Down, Northern Ireland. (Donaghadee, Down)

Dr Margaret Du Feu. For services to Deaf People in Northern Ireland. (Leominster, Herefordshire)

William James Halliday. Chief executive, Mindwise. For services to People with Disabilities and Mental Health Conditions in Northern Ireland. (Ballynahinch, Down)

Mrs Maire Fionnuala Kerr. Head, Higher Education Division, Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland Executive. For services to Social and Economic Development in Northern Ireland. (Newtownabbey, Antrim)

Dr Ernest Fergus Logan. Managing director, Giltspur Scientific Ltd. For services to Agriculture in Northern Ireland. (Ballyclare, Antrim)

Mrs Mary MacIntyre. Director, Strategic Planning, Department of Environment, Northern Ireland Executive. For services to Planning and voluntary service to Strabane District Caring. (Strabane, Tyrone)

Mrs Pauline Christina McCabe. Formerly Prisoner Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. For services to Prisoners' Welfare. (Newry, Down)

Professor Mary Kathrine McColgan. Professor of Social Work, University of Ulster. For services to the Social Care Sector in Northern Ireland. (Limavady, Londonderry)

Nigel McIlwaine. For voluntary service to the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association and the community in Northern Ireland. (Limavady, Londonderry)

Robert John McLean. Board Member, Dungannon Development Association. For service to the Economy and Regeneration of Dungannon and Donaghmore, Northern Ireland. (Dungannon, Tyrone)

Mrs Pauline Shields. Chief Superintendent, Police Service of Northern Ireland. For services to Policing and the community in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

Dr Daniel Todd. Formerly head, Avian Virology, Veterinary Science Division, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute. For services to Biological Sciences and Veterinary Work. (Belfast)

Professor James Henry McAdam. Consultant, UK/Falkland Islands Trust and head of Branch, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast, Northern Ireland. For services to research and agriculture in the Falkland Islands.

MEMBER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (MBE)

Samuel James Bailie. Deputy Principal, EU and Employment Relations Division, Department for Employment and Learning, Northern Ireland Executive. For services to Addressing Unemployment. (Newtownabbey, Antrim)

Alderman Charles James Brown. Councillor, Carrickfergus Borough Council. For services to Local Government in Northern Ireland. (Carrickfergus, Antrim)

Mrs Kathleen Patricia Burns. Principal, St. Therese Nursery School, Belfast. For services to Education in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

Edward George Campbell. Veterinary Surgeon. For services to Animal Welfare and to the community in Londonderry. (Londonderry)

Mrs Joan Patricia Carberry. Family Learning Co-ordinator, Belfast Metropolitan College. For services to Further Education and the community in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

Edmund Patrick Gerard Cochrane. Founder, Downpatrick and County Down Railway. For services to Railway Preservation and Tourism in County Down, Northern Ireland. (Downpatrick, Down)

Robert Sidney Colhoun. Honorary secretary, Alpha Badminton Club, Lisburn. For services to Badminton in Northern Ireland. (Lisburn, Antrim)

Miss Joan Elaine Walters Cuthbert. Principal, Culmore Primary School, Londonderry. For services to Education in Northern Ireland. (Culmore, Londonderry)

Mrs Joan Aileen Doherty, DL. For voluntary service to the community in Northern Ireland. (Londonderry)

Ms Edyth Dunlop. Regional manager, Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment. For services to People with Disabilities in Northern Ireland. (Londonderry)

Mrs Kathleen Ferguson. Founder and Honorary secretary, Brainwaves Northern Ireland. For services to People with Brain Tumours and their Families. (Carrickfergus, Antrim)

Nigel Robert Finch. General manager, North Down Training Ltd. For services to Unemployed and Disadvantaged People in Northern Ireland. (Donaghadee, Down)

Dr Claire Anne Gilligan. Senior vice-president, Global Quality, Warner Chilcott Group. For services to Research and Development in the Pharmaceutical Industry in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

Mrs Catherine Glass. Trauma and Orthopaedics manager, Altnagelvin Hospital. For services to Healthcare. (Ballymoney, Antrim)

John Richard Hadden. Chairman, Techno Tyrone Ltd. For services to Economic Development and Rural Regeneration in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. (Omagh, Tyrone)

William Andrew John Hassard. Director of Parks and Leisure, Belfast City Council. For services to Local Government. (Lisburn, Antrim)

Mrs Ann Hayes. For services to the University of the Third Age and to the community in Northern Ireland. (Lisburn, Antrim)

Richard Hill. Formerly chairman, Northern Ireland Screen. For services to Broadcast Media in Northern Ireland. (Bangor, Down)

Martin David Howell. Director, Business in the Community Northern Ireland. For services to Corporate Social Responsibility. (Bangor, Down)

Timothy Edward Husbands. Chief executive, Titanic Belfast. For services to Economic Development and Tourism in Northern Ireland. (Antrim)

Mrs Rosemary Julie Jordan. Volunteer, Riding for the Disabled. For services to People with Disabilities in Northern Ireland. (Craigavon, Armagh)

Dr Davinder Kumar Kapur. For services to Healthcare in Northern Ireland and Abroad. (Antrim)

Joseph David McAree. Chairman, Dungannon Swifts Football Club. For services to Sport and to the community in Northern Ireland. (Dungannon, Tyrone)

Mrs Faye Ann McLeod. For services to Broadcasting and to the community in Northern Ireland. (Antrim)

Mrs Patricia Ann McQuillan. Independent Member, Coleraine Policing and Community Safety Partnership. For services to the Rural Community in Northern Ireland. (Coleraine, Londonderry)

Ms Anna Moss. Managing director, General Counsel, Belfast, Citigroup Global Markets Ltd. For services to Economic Development in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

Mrs Pauline Mulholland. Lead Professional Dietician and Allied Health Professions Lead for Hospital Services, South Eastern Trust. For services to Dietetics and Healthcare in Northern Ireland. (Newcastle, Down)

John McAdam Niven. Chief Engineer, Border Force, Home Office. For services to the Protection of the UK Border and to the community in Northern Ireland. (Strabane, Tyrone)

Mrs Mary Patricia O'Kane. Proprietor, Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Londonderry. For services to Tourism and Hospitality in Northern Ireland. (Londonderry)

William Ronald Oldcroft. Chair, Board of Governors, Omagh High School. For services to Education in Northern Ireland. (Omagh, Tyrone)

Mrs Diane Rathfield. General manager, Roe Valley Education Forum and Women's Network. For services to the community in Northern Ireland. (Coleraine, Londonderry)

John Stanley Smith. Chair, Board of Governors, Crumlin Integrated College and vice-Chair, Board of Governors, Grange Park Primary and St. Malachy's Primary Schools. For services to Education. (Bangor, Down)

George Stevenson. Member, Ulster Branch, Tennis Ireland. For services to Tennis in Northern Ireland. (Bangor, Down)

Mrs Margaret Maureen Johnston Weir. Chair, Board of Governors, Ligoniel Primary School, Belfast. For services to Education in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

BRITISH EMPIRE MEDAL (BEM)

Mrs Barbara Blair. Board Member, Young Farmers Clubs of Ulster. For services to Young People in Northern Ireland. (Ballymoney, Antrim)

Mrs Maureen Jacqueline Brachi. President, Cuan Scribes. For services to Western Calligraphy and the community in Northern Ireland. (Newtownards, Down)

Ms Hazel Cameron. Administrator, Randalstown Arches Association. For services to the community in Randalstown, Northern Ireland. (Randalstown, Antrim)

Mrs Karen Elizabeth Jean Carson. Company Captain, 2nd Dromara Girls' Brigade Company. For services to Young People in Northern Ireland. (Dromore, Down)

Derek Henry Catney. Secretary, Victoria Homes Trust. For services to the community in Belfast. (Belfast)

Simon Wright Clarke. Staff Officer, Urban Policy Review Team, Department for Social Development, Northern Ireland Executive. For public service and for services to the community in Northern Ireland. (Armagh)

Mrs Irene Margaret Cumming. President, Ballymena Festival of Music, Speech and Dance. For services to the community in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. (Ballymena, Antrim)

Mrs Blanche Curran. For services to Nursing in Northern Ireland. (Cookstown, Tyrone)

Mrs Margaret Deering. Proprietor, Ballycastle House Bed and Breakfast. For services to the Tourism Industry in Northern Ireland. (Newtownards, Down)

John Doherty. For voluntary services to the community in Castlederg, Northern Ireland. (Castlederg, Tyrone)

Miss Geraldine Duggan. Vice-Chair, Belfast Lough Sailability. For services to Sailing and People with Disabilities in Northern Ireland. (Carrickfergus, Antrim)

Mrs Kathleen Veronica Elliott. Founder, Good Morning Ballycastle. For services to the community in Ballycastle, Northern Ireland. (Antrim)

Miss Hazel Eleanor Flannigan. Volunteer, Braille Unit, HM Prison Maghaberry. For voluntary services to the community in Northern Ireland. (Armagh)

Mrs Lynda Catherine Hill. Founder, Grovehill Animal Trust Omagh. For services to Animal Welfare and to the community. (Omagh, Tyrone)

Mrs Edna Florence Howard. Chair, Newcastle Glee Musical Society. For services to Musical Theatre and the community in Newcastle, Co Down. (Newcastle, Down)

Thomas William Livingstone. For services to Heritage and the community in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. (Armagh)

Robert Rollins Mayne. Honorary Captain, 1st Loughbrickland Boys' Brigade Company. For services to Young People and the community in Northern Ireland. (Banbridge, Down)

John Meikleham. Treasurer, Executive Committee, Youthnet. For services to Young People in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

Mrs Ruth Montgomery. Secretary, Clogher Valley Agricultural Society. For services to the community in Clogher, Northern Ireland. (Tyrone)

Mrs Mary Elizabeth Patricia Morrison. Member, Carers UK. For services to Carers and Older People in Northern Ireland. (Belfast)

James Derek Neill. For services to Scouting and Young People in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Antrim)

Dr Albert Victor Eric Robinson. For voluntary service to the Scout Movement in Northern Ireland. (Lisburn, Antrim)

Gordon Speers. Musical director, Portadown Male Voice Choir. For services to Music in Northern Ireland. (Portadown, Armagh)

Miss Ruth Hilda Trueman. For services to Drumcree Girls' Brigade Northern Ireland. (Portadown, Armagh)

Miss Gillian Elizabeth Webb. For services to Higher Education and to the community in Northern Ireland. (Newtownabbey, Antrim)

QUEEN'S POLICE MEDAL (QPM)

Alan Kenneth Little. Temporary Detective chief inspector, Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Gary Stephen McClure. Detective Inspector, Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Jeffrey Carson McCready. Detective Inspector, Police Service of Northern Ireland.

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