Harry honoured

By Peter Winter


By Peter Winter



HARRY Gregg, the Coleraine man dubbed the 'Hero of Munich,' is one of NINE people from the area to have been recognised in the New Year Honours List.

Gregg, the former Manchester United and Northern Ireland goalkeeper, was awarded the OBE for Services to Football.

The 86-year-old was praised for his actions in the wake of the Munich Air Disaster in February 1958 in which the plane carrying the famed 'Busby Babes' crashed at Munich Airport.

Twenty-three people, including eight members of the Man Utd side, lost their lives in the accident with Harry praised for his actions in rescuing passengers from the wreckage.

However, the former Portstewart hotelier is always keen that he be remembered as much for what he did on the football field as off it.

He spent five seasons at Doncaster Rovers before moving to Old Trafford where he made 210 appearances for the Red Devils.

At international level, he was capped 25 times by Northern Ireland and was voted 'Goalkeeper of the Tournament' at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

A second former Coleraine and NI international was also recognised in the Honours list – Gareth McAuley - who was awarded an MBE.

The Larne man spent two seasons at the Showgrounds, where he won the Irish Cup in 2003, before going on to play for Lincoln City, Ipswich Town and West Brom. He has been capped 80 times by his country.

Meanwhile, the husband and wife team behind arguably the province’s most successful restaurant business – the Ramore Complex in Portrush – has been recognised.

George and Jane McAlpin were jointly awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) for Services to the Tourism Industry after 30 years in the hospitality industry on the north coast.

Others to be receive a BEM include Bushmills woman Glenda Rodgers McCormick for Services to the Community, Coleraine man Bill Mills for Services to the Royal British Legion and the community in Coleraine and Len Quigg.

Finally, Limavady man Finlay Spratt and Cushendall native Liz Weir have both been awarded the MBE.

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