New Year Honours for Cumbrian school governor and charity volunteer

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A school governor and a charity volunteer are among people in Cumbria recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Keith Buckler, 82, from Ulverston, has been appointed MBE for services to the New English Orchestra and to charity through Rotary in Grange-over-Sands.

He has supported overseas Christian charities for more than 50 years.

A British Empire Medal was conferred upon Patricia Burns, 75, of Appleby, for services to education.

Mr Buckler has been a member of the British Council for European Christian Mission since 1973 and its chairman since 1986.

He has fundraised for the New English Orchestra - an ensemble of Christian musicians - as well as being part of the Cumbria and Lancashire Rotary District International Committee.

In recent years he has also been a voluntary medical worker in Nicaragua with the Peace and Hope Trust.

Mrs Burns has worked in a number of roles at Appleby Grammar School for 35 years and has been a governor for the last 14.

She was described as "a lynchpin to the local community".

Currently a senior midday supervisor, she leads a team which looks after more than 600 pupils.

Also on the honours list are forensic pathologist Dr William Lawler, of Penrith, who is appointed OBE for services to the police and criminal justice system, and John Graham, of Ambleside, who is appointed MBE for services to the Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team.

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