A variety of residents who have played a key role in their community and an international sports star are among those honoured in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
It was a good year for south east Northumberland, with two Blyth men being rewarded for their work in the community.
John Warren, 72, from Delaval Terrace in Blyth, received a BEM for services to the art of wood carving.
The letter-carving skills he learnt as an apprentice and his ability to design secret drawers and compartments are now much sought after. After retiring, the opportunity to pass on his skills to others presented itself when Northumberland College invited him to establish an adult course in woodcarving at its Kirkley Hall campus. This has now involved to the now independent Kirkley Hall carving group.
Through this group he is now teaching the dying art of woodcarving to a new generation of students.
Some of his pupils have learnt valuable skills and have even won competitions with their carvings.
Through this group he has taught the students to appreciate the old art of carving and has set them tasks to produce some good quality work. One of the pieces that his students carved was a plaque to Morpeth Town Hall in commemoration of Lord Collingwood, who was second in command to Nelson at Trafalgar, which is now in pride of place in the council offices. He also attends local exhibitions and charity events where he encourages people to try their hand at woodcarving in the hope that it would ignite the same passion for woodcarving in them as it did for him. He is also passionate about the local community and encourages people to become street reps to help keep the community clean and tidy.
And 88-year-old Dr Reginald Carr, of Bondicar Terrace, Blyth, was awarded an MBE for services to the community in Blyth.
He has been involved in the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) for the last 60 years. He joined the Blyth branch of the RNLI in 1953 as an unpaid medical officer and ten years later he became the honorary secretary.
He retained the two posts until 2000 when he took up the position of chairman, a position he holds up to the present day. He helped establish the first surgery and clinic in the town which served 6,800 patients.
He still continues to run the GP practice. Since 2011 he has continued his services both as an organist with Blyth United Reformed Church and at the Central Methodist Church. He was recognised with the RNLI Gold Award in 1996. This was followed by the RNLI gold bar and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal award which he received in 2008.
Since then he has been awarded the highest award in the RNLI, the Honorary Life Governor title for 64 years service to the Blyth Branch of RNLI.
Northumberland County Council’s deputy chief executive, Daljit Lally has been awarded an OBE for her leadership and vision in integrating health and social care services to improve the lives of residents in Northumberland.
Her post as Deputy Chief Executive of Northumberland County Council is a shared role with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust where she is the Executive Director for Wellbeing and Community Health Services.
Daljit said: “I am really surprised and humbled to receive this honour. I know my parents, who are sadly no longer with us, would be so proud and I would like to accept it in their memory.”
And five time Paralympian and three time Paralympic Champion Stephen Miller, from Cramlington, was also awarded an MBE for services to sport.