Cumbria

Royal honour for mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington

Chris Bonington
Image caption The honour for Sir Chris recognises his service to the Royal Family

Mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington is among those honoured across Cumbria in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

The famous explorer, who has lived in the county since 1974, has been appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (RVO).

District Judge Gordon Ashton, from Grange-over-Sands, has been made an OBE for services to the administration of justice and to disabled people.

Anthony Warburton, of Millom, has been appointed MBE for owl conservation.

Sir Chris scaled Everest in 1985 at the age of 50 and has made many first ascents in the Alps and the greater ranges of the world.

Last year he was made deputy patron of the Outward Bound Trust.

The Duke of Edinburgh is the organisation's patron, while his son the Duke of York is the chairman of its trustees.

Sir Chris was awarded the Royal Victorian Order (RVO) as a personal gift from the Queen, bestowed independently of 10 Downing Street.

The honour recognises service to the Royal Family.

Others honoured in the county include Alan Farrer, the principal officer of HM Prison Haverigg, who becomes an MBE.

Jennifer Boothman, the former head teacher of Pennington Primary School, is appointed OBE.

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