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New Year Honours list recognises Border region

Catherine Ann Mitchell, Keith Buckler, Patricia Burns Photo: ITV Border

The Queen's New Year Honours list has been announced and among those recognised, are people from our region.

All have been rewarded for their exceptional work over many years.

Catherine Ann Mitchell has been awarded a British Empire Medal. Credit: ITV Border

Catherine Ann Mitchell from Dumfries and Galloway has been awarded with a British Empire Medal. She's dedicated more than 32 years to keeping Annan Police station spotlessly clean.

Her colleagues are delighted with the news.

"I can't think of anybody who would be a more deserved candidate for such an award. It's not just the fact that she's worked here for 33 years. It's the standard of work that she's carried out in these 33 years.

I wouldn't imagine that there's a public building or police station anywhere in Scotland that is as clean and kept as tidy as Annan police station."

– Insp Graham Kerr, Police Scotland
Keith Buckler has been awarded an MBE. Credit: ITV Border

Also being recognised in this year's honours is Keith Buckler from Grange over Sands in Cumbria.

He has received an MBE for more than 50 years of service to charity and his involvement with the New English Orchestra.

Patricia Burns has been awarded a British Empire Medal. Credit: ITV Border

Meanwhile Patricia Burns is recognised for her services to Education.

She's worked at Appleby Grammar School for 36 years. In her time at the school, Pat has filled a number of different roles.

She was amazed to hear she'd received a British Empire Medal.

"I didn't believe it actually. I thought it was a hoax and then I thought, well maybe it was true. I was absolutely flabbergasted."

– Patricia Burns BEM

Those who work alongside her are delighted with the news.

"She does everything. She's been a governor, she's been a teaching assistant. She just helps everybody. She knows everybody. The Year 7s comes in, she knows them straight away. She knows most of them. She's seen most of their parents over the years and so on."

She's always there to put her arm round someone if they're upset or to give them a kindly word to say yeah, you can do this, you can get your best results you can or if it's sporting, music or whatever."

She's done everything in the school apart from being the head really."

– Nick Mills, Deputy Headteacher, Appleby Grammar School

Pat plans to continue working there for many years to come.

"I've told the head, I'm not leaving. I'm only 75, it's very young yet."

– Patricia Burns BEM