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New Year honours for three Island residents

Angie Aire received an MBE for services to breast cancer and the wider community

Accolades for community stalwarts

Three Island residents have been recognised in the Queen's New Year honours list.

Accomplished musician, teacher and choirmaster Julian Power has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to Manx community.

Meanwhile, two women have received MBEs.

Angie Aire is being honoured for services to breast cancer charities and the wider community; Aileen Gelling for services to the prison’s independent monitoring board.

Douglas born music icon Barry Gibb - who found fame with the Bee Gees - was also among those honoured, receiving a knighthood for services to music and charity.

Julian Power has contributed to music in the Isle of Man for more than 40 years.

A variety of roles include being musical director for numerous Gaiety Theatre productions, accompanying generations of brass players at the Guild and as director of music for the Isle of Man Choral Society over the past decade.

He says he’s been fortunate to work with some wonderful talent and says the Island’s community is its biggest strength. 

Aileen Gelling has served the Isle of Man Prison’s Independent Monitoring Board for the past 15 years, nine as chair.

Mrs Aire chairs Breast Cancer Now, formerly Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and has helped raise more than £1.8million for breast cancer research.

She says it’s very much a team effort and her family will be thrilled at the accolade: 

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