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Locals make 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours list

The Queen will present the medals to the honourees in a ceremony Photo: PA

A number of people across Cumbria and the south of Scotland have made the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours list, receiving a British Empire Medal.

The following people from the region were chosen:

  • Professor Susan Mary Braye - from Sedbergh -for services to vulnerable people
  • Ms Dorothy Anne Gradden - from Beckermet - for services to the nuclear industry
  • Mrs Doreen Anne Hall - from Coniston - for services to the community in the Lake District
  • Dr Sean Terence Hudson - from Caldbeck - for services to providing medical aid and education
  • Mr Brian Allen Spencer - from Keswick - for services to Mountain Rescue in Cumbria
  • Ms Patricia Hall - from Workington - for services to the community
  • Mr Brian Edward Murphy - from Brampton - for services to policing
Special Constable Brian Murphy Credit: Cumbria Police

Special Constable Brian Murphy has served as a Police Constable for 32 years with Cumbria Constabulary, and on retirement volunteered to become a Special Constable to continue policing in the rural community for a further five years to date. During that time he worked 353 duties volunteering over 2,600 hours within north Cumbria.

He is highly respected by his peers and his senior officers, for his experience, approachability, commitment to the community, and genuine desire to support colleagues in their development.

– Nomination for SPC Brian Murphy
A male and female British Empire Medal Credit: PA

Anyone can dominate someone for a UK honour through the 'open access' system, for people from all walks of life.

The final decision as to who receives an honour is first decided by an Honours Committee. Their recommendations will then go to the Prime Minister and finally to HM The Queen.

On approval an announcement of recipients will be made in HM The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List and HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June. The process can take up to 18 months.

I would encourage people to think about someone that they know who always goes the extra mile for others and who has made a special contribution to their community or to their area of work over the years. Anyone can nominate a person for an honour and I am very keen for people who have given exceptional service to the community to receive the recognition they deserve. These awards are special; they are the highest possible recognition of a job well done.

– Claire Hensman, Lord-Lieutenant for Cumbria

Nomination forms and advice on how to complete the, are available on the council website.