New Year Honours

A look at some of the people from the south of Scotland and Cumbria who have been listed in the New Year Honours.

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Cockermouth woman awarded BEM for flood work

Sue Cashmore Credit: ITV News

A woman from Cumbria has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to the Cockermouth community.

Sue Cashmore is the chairwoman of the Cockermouth Flood Action Group, which was set up to protect the town following horrendous floods in 2005.

Mrs Cashmore was instrumental in securing £5 million worth of funding for new flood defences.

Borders heart charity founder awarded MBE

Wilma Gunn Credit: Gunn family

A woman from the Scottish Borders who founded a heart charity has been awarded an MBE.

Wilma Gunn, from Selkirk, has spent years campaigning for heart screening for young athletes, following the death of her son.

The 68-year-old set up the charity Scottish Heart at Risk Testing (HART), after her son collapsed and died during a football match the night before his 20th birthday in 1991.

Mrs Gunn was awarded the MBE for services to cardiac health and to charity in Scotland.


Cumbrian GP honoured with OBE

A Cumbrian doctor has been given an MBE in the New Year Honours for services to Victims of Trauma.

Dr Theodore Weston, from Penrith, have been working in a voluntary capacity for more than 20 years.

He set up the BEEP Fund Ltd (Birbeck Emergency Equipment for Patients) in 1994 in order to raise money to buy the equipment needed for doctors who perform this work.

He has been chairman and leader of this organisation since the start.

The Fund has now raised over £400,000 since it was first set up; it has as a result been able to pay for and buy an array of lifesaving equipment.

Moffat New Years Honours

Billy Duncan and Bettina Dawson Credit: ITV News

Two well known faces from Moffat have been recognised in the New Year Honours.

Bettina Dawson, who's 90, and 85-year-old Billy Duncan will both be awarded a British Empire Medal.

Bettina's being honoured for services to the catering industry in Dumfries and Galloway.

The grandmother has been working in the Moffat Chippy since 1936 and still puts in six shifts a week.

Over the years she has served soldiers, evacuees and even some celebrities, including the pop start Leo Sayer.

Bettina eats chips every day of her life. Asked how she felt about receiving her honour from the Queen, she replied;

"I'll take her a fish supper, how about that?"

Billy Duncan is being honoured for voluntary service to the Royal British Legion Scotland. He is the chairman of the Moffat Branch and recently led a campaign to stop the town's war memorial from being surrounded by parking spaces.

He told ITV Border:

"It's a great honour not just for myself but for all the members of the Legion down here. They are a great bunch of people. I think this is something I I will cherish for the rest of my life."

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