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St Mary’s science teacher leads the local Birthday Honours list

Lavina Blanking, St Mary's College with Science Club teacher, Ms Ann Blanking, who is receiving an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Lavina Blanking, St Mary's College with Science Club teacher, Ms Ann Blanking, who is receiving an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

 

A teacher from St Mary’s College and an Air Traffic Controller from City of Derry Airport are among the varied bunch of local people who are to receive titles under the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for this year.

Several people from Derry and the wider north west region are among those who have been named as new Members of the British Empire (MBE) or awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM).

Anne Marie Blanking, Key Stage 3 science co-ordinator at St Mary’s College has been honoured for services to education in Northern Ireland.

It is understood Mrs Blanking helps to organise the Northland Road school’s Science Club and is credited with being responsible for much of St Mary’s success at events such as the Young Scientist of the Year.

Mrs Blanking is joined on the list by Air Traffic Controller at the airport in Eglinton, David Reeves. He has been honoured for his services to aviation.

Others who make an appearance include Edward Montgomery, the secretary and local representative of the Honourable The Irish Society- the group which own Derry’s Walls and other plots of land across the city, as well as having authority over some local waterways.

The chief administration officer of the Western Education and Library Board Rosemary Watterson likewise gets an MBE,

Elizabeth McNerlin, manager of the North West Life Long Learning Association, has been honoured with an MBE for services to employment and the community in the North West.

Among those who are to receive BEM’s are Charles Anderson for services to music and the community in Derry, Debbie Caulfield and manager of Eglinton Community Hall, also for services to the community.

Mary Jane Hall, founding member of the Limavady branch of the British Heart Foundation has been honoured for her services to the people of the County Derry town, while Newtonstewart’s Robert Knox has been honoured with a BEM for his work in the community.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Honours were announced through the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister last night.

 

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