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Seven named in New Year Honours List

Five Islanders awarded MBEs

Seven people from the Isle of Man have been recognised for their exceptional and outstanding endeavors.

They've been included in Her Majesty The Queen's 2021 New Year Honours List.

Chief Constable Gary Roberts' distinguished service to his profession is recognised with the Queen's Police Medal.

He's been praised for strategic leadership, reducing crime and reintroducing community policing.

He told Manx Radio the honour comes after a difficult year:

For her service to the Manx community, Edna Clarke is awarded a British Empire Medal.

After she retired from nursing, Mrs Clarke made over 500 journeys escorting patients off island.

In Ramsey, Edna works in the Save the Children shop, is president of the Royal British Legion and Secretary for the Royal Naval Association, and volunteers at Milntown.

She says she'd never have expected to receive such an award:

Five people are to be made Members of the Order of the British Empire.

Author, musician and broadcaster Charles Guard is made an MBE for services to Manx culture and heritage.

Mr Guard's committment to public service broadcasting, saving historic buildings, and promoting Manx traditions are all recognised.

John Riley (left), a former headteacher, gains the honour for work with charities on and off the Isle of Man, and his committment to music and organising concerts.

Chair of Arbory and Rushen Parish Commissioners, Jane Glover, is recognised for her community work during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mrs Glover led a group of volunteers who looked out for elderly and vulnerable residents during the lockdown.

She told Manx Radio she's always been working as part of a team:

Athlete Christian Varley, who raised over £100,000 for the Manx Solidarity Fund by running 19 marathons in 19 days, also receives an MBE.

Susan Waddecar gains an MBE for stepping out of her normal duties to lead the nursing team at Abbotswood after it suffered an outbreak of Covid-19.

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