Figures from worlds of police, tourism and agriculture acknowledged for work

Ruth Montgomery

Ruth Montgomery

Four members or former members of the PSNI were also among those named in the honours list yesterday.

One is chief superintendent Pauline Shields, who has been awarded an OBE.

The police said she has “provided the community with 27 years of outstanding service” in both urban and rural settings, and is noted as an advocate of women in policing.

Queen’s Police Medals have been awarded to Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Alan Little, Detective Inspector Gary McClure, and the recently-retired Inspector Jeff McCready.

They have, respectively, 28, 29 and 31 years of service in the police, with the PSNI noting that the retired inspector had served in “some of the most demanding areas during difficult, dangerous and testing times”.

The boss of one of the Province’s newest and biggest tourist attractions has also appeared on the list.

Titanic Belfast chief executive Tim Husbands has been awarded an MBE for “services to the economy and tourism”.

A former managing director of the city’s Waterfront Hall, he took up his current post ahead of its opening in March 2012.

He said: “I am personally deeply honoured and humbled by this recognition from Her Majesty the Queen.

“This is recognition also of the significant projects and events that I have been fortunate enough to have led and been involved in that have seen Belfast rise to become an attractive and welcoming city for both leisure and business tourism. It also acknowledges the significant contribution of the people I have had the pleasure of working with since arriving in Belfast more than 20 years ago.”

He added: “In particular, since opening on March 31 2012, I am delighted that Titanic Belfast has made such a positive impact on the Belfast and Northern Ireland economy, and I am proud to say that this honour also reflects the efforts and passion of the wider Titanic family.”

A number of those working in agriculture – that mainstay of the Province’s economy – were also recognised for their work.

Among them was Ruth Montgomery, secretary of Clogher Valley Agricultural Society, who has been given a BEM for “services to the community in Clogher”.

The society is not-for-profit, and since 1904 it has run an agricultural show bringing farmers from across the region together.

For the past 15 years, Mrs Montgomery has been secretary, and yesterday the 60-year-old from just outside Augher, Tyrone, said that, like others, she had known since November but had only just told her three children at the weekend.

“They were very excited, very pleased for me,” she said. “They think I’m definitely very worthy of it. I’m just very humbled. I never expected anything like this.”

She added that most of her life revolves around agriculture, and that since childhood she can “never remember anything else”.

And while some, like those on the facing page, were honoured for their roles in helping their own particular areas, the CEO of Christian Aid in Ireland was also on yesterday’s list as an OBE recipient, “for services to international development”.

Margaret Boden, 65 and now living in Banbridge (though originally from Dublin), is now retired from that role.

She had first got involved with the organisation as a girl in her early teens in about 1958 or ‘59.

Yesterday she joked: “I think with any letter from the Prime Minister, you sort of go ‘what have I done? What have I said?’”


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