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West Country local heroes recognised in New Year's Honours List

(l-r) Ian Brailey, Craig Carscadden, Shahina Johnson and John Larke. Credit: ITV West Country

Many people from the West Country have been recognised in the Queen's New Year's Honours List for 2018.

The recipients have all made a significant contribution to their communities as fundraisers, volunteers, pastors or through other work.

ITV West Country has spoken to four people who have been made MBEs.

  • Ian James Brailey, JP

Ian has been awarded for services to the magistracy and the community in Bristol.

As well as being a magistrate in the city for the past 20 years, he is also a founding member of Bristol Street Pastors, an organisation that trains church volunteers to help make the streets safer at night.

Ian also assists in a Somer Vale food bank.

  • Craig Carscadden

Craig is from Glasgow but lives in Bristol. He has been recognised for his volunteer work in Paralympic sport.

He has worked as treasurer for the European Paralympic Committee and worked as an education officer for the Cerebral Palsy International Sport and Recreation Association.

Craig also represented Great Britain at the Atlanta Paralympic games.

  • Shahina Johnson

Shahina from Devizes has more than 20 years' experience working in the Arts and Creative Industries in Swindon and Wiltshire.

She is CEO of Create Studios in Swindon, a black and minority ethnic led organisation using digital arts to promote social integration.

  • John Larke

John from Truro has worked tirelessly for nearly 18 years setting up and running the biennial choral event and has now been awarded the MBE for his services to music in Cornwall.

John has been singing in the City of Truro Male Voice Choir for the last 30 years and is now planning the Spring 2019 male choral event with choirs from all over the world already signed up.

You can find the full list of South West honour recipients here.