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Community heroes recognised in Queen's New Year's Honours

Awards were announced in Her Majesty's Honours Lists for 2017 Credit: Stuart C. Wilson/PA Wire/PA Images

Charity workers, educational pioneers and business leaders are among those recognised in the Queen's New Year's Honours List. All are people who've made a huge difference to their communities. Recipients of awards, in our region, are:

(OBE)

Mrs Susan Aglionby, from Carlisle, Cumbria, for services to young people and the community.

Mr James Carr, from Cumbria, for services to conservation, education and the community.

Miss Lindsey Pownall, from Penrith, Cumbria, for services to business growth and productivity.

(MBE)

Maj Michael Bolderson, from Cumbria, for services in support of defence.

Mrs Jennifer Foote, from Penrith, Cumbria, for services to further education.

Mr Charles Godwin, from Cumbria, for services to charity.

Mrs Juanita Wilson, from Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway, for services to vulnerable children, adults and animals.

(BEM - British Empire Medallist)

Mrs Elizabeth Bannerman, from Hawick, Scottish Borders, for services to community healthcare.

Mr Leonard Bell from Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway, for services to music and the community.

Mrs Eileen Callander, from Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway, for services to education and the community.

Mrs Janet Gillespie, from Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway, for charitable service.

Mrs Elizabeth Hay, from Carlisle, Cumbria, for services to the community.

Mr Adam Kelly, from Galashiels, Scottish Borders, for services to business and the community.

Mr Gordon Routledge from Longtown, Cumbria, for services to the community.

Adam Kelly was awarded a BEM for services to business and the community Credit: ITV Border

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Pippa Middleton gets engaged in Lake District

Pippa Middleton with her fiance James Matthews Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire/Press Association Image

Pippa Middleton is reportedly engaged after her boyfriend popped the question on a trip to Cumbria.

The Duchess of Cambridge's sister is believed to have said yes to financier James Matthew's proposal while the couple were on a weekend visit to the Lake District.

Pippa was propelled to global fame when she was bridesmaid at the wedding of Kate and Prince William in 2011.

HRH Duke of Kent visits Cumbria

HRH visiting the team Credit: ITV Border

The Duke of Kent has been visiting Cumbria's Bay Search and Rescue team to learn about their role during the flooding.

He's been hearing about their work from 1996 up to their efforts in the aftermath of Storm Desmond.

Meeting members of the team Credit: ITV Border

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Queen's unique birthday gift

Her Majesty will be receiving numerous presents this year to mark her 90th birthday but perhaps none will be as unique as this one.

Miniature portrait of the Queen. Credit: Tony Huggins-Haig Gallery

It's from artist Graham Short and is a portrait of the Queen on a tiny speck of gold within the eye of a needle. It's so small that it can only be viewed through a microscope. Before it's presented to Her Majesty in June, you can see it on display in Kelso at the Tony Huggins-Haig Gallery.

Fairytale castle in the Borders to reopen next month

Thirlestane Castle. Credit: ITV News

Thirlestane Castle in the Scottish Borders is reopening its doors.

Restoration work, which began in 2013 on the discovery of an outbreak of dry rot, is continuing but almost all of the public areas of the historic Borders castle are back to their best.

A wall affected by dry rot in 2013. Credit: ITV News

The castle near Lauder, which is still home to the Maitland family, will reopen on May 3rd.

Celebrating in style... just like the Queen!

Now hard to believe but this week Her Majesty turned 90 and throughout April, May and June a host of public events are planned to mark her special birthday.

Joining in the celebrations this weekend is a woman from Penrith. Eleanor Gardner is the same age as the Queen but until now, has never had a birthday party. Kate Walby went to meet her:

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