Queen’s Birthday honours: George Hamilton gets police medal

Chief Constable George Hamilton is honoured for services to policing and the community
Chief Constable George Hamilton is honoured for services to policing and the community

Van Morrison was one of more than 1,000 people recognised by the Queen for their achievements across the UK – of which 85 are based in Northern Ireland.

Among the prominent names on the Province’s list is the current Chief Constable of the PSNI, George Hamilton.

His citation (which reveals that his middle names are Ernest Craythorne) is for both services to policing and to the community at large in Northern Ireland.

The chief constable, who had first joined the RUC in 1985 and later helped implement the Patten reforms which turned the force into the PSNI, is one of three recipients of the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM).

He took up his current post last year.

The other two QPM recipients are Sergeant Richard Gary McMullan, and Detective Inspector Peter Wallace Galbraith.

Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr is also on the list of honours recipients.

He has been accorded an OBE for services to policing and the community.

It was revealed this week that he is currently in the process of taking the Policing Board to an industrial tribunal alleging discrimination “on the grounds of religious belief/political opinion”.

He alleges he was overlooked for the post of PSNI deputy chief constable.

Peter Cooper, a BBC cameraman who filmed footage of UDA man Michael Stone’s armed rampage at Milltown Cemetery in 1988, is among those receiving an MBE.

A number of politicians are also set to receive honours, among them being former mayor of Ballymoney Borough Council, Bill Kennedy (DUP).

He received an MBE for services to local government – and also to motorcycle road racing.

He is one of the clerks of the course of the Armoy Road Race.

Yuk Shan Lui is among those listed as a recipient of the British Empire Medal, for services to cultural diversity and education in Northern Ireland.

An IT teacher, he is also a founder of the Success Dragon & Lion Dance Association.

Its stated mission is the “teaching of the Chinese martial art known as Hung Fut and the Chinese dragon and lion dances to people of every race, religion, gender and culture”.

People from all six counties in the Province are represented in the honours list.

Of all the Northern Irish entries, 47 per cent were nominated by the public.

The remainder were nominated by members of the civil service.

To nominate an individual for an honour, type the following address into your internet browser: www.nidirect.gov.uk/honours-decorations-and-awards