Isle of Man News - POSTED Sat 16-06-2012

Honours for Island residents

by Manx Radio

Honours for Island residents

Services to music, hyperbaric medicine and Maritime safety have been recognised locally in the Queen's Birthday honour's list.

Several well known personalities have picked up awards.


Kevin Christian, David Downie and Denis Maxwell have all been made members of the order of the British Empire.


Meanwhile William Kneale and Eleanor Shimmin have both received the British Empire Medal.


Mr Christian has given over 33 years of unbroken service to the Ramsey branch of the RNLI, despite suffering serious health problems himself.


He spent many hours out in high seas during the attempted rescue of the Solway Harvester and is still Lifeboat Operations manager.


David Downie is well known for his pioneering work with the Island's hyperbaric chamber over the last 30 years. He has raised almost £2million in funding and has become an international presence in hyperbaric medicine.


Meanwhile Denis Maxwell has been the senior Collector of Customs and Excise since 1994, a post he will retire from next month. He has made significant contributions over the years to the Island's revenue collection.


Mr Kneale has done outstanding work for the ex-service communities in the Island.


He's been a member of the Royal Artillery Association since 1970 and has been instrumental in the establishment of a Veteran's day on the Island.


Eleanor Shimmin has played a major role in the Island's musical community for over 50 years. She still teaches piano and singing and for many years ran the well known Aeg Threshlyn Children's Choir.


She's won the Cleveland medal three times and has been vice chair of the Isle of Man Blind fund for over 25 years.















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