BEM award for historian Glenda

By Jonathan McNabb


By Jonathan McNabb


A BUSHMILLS woman has spoken of her pride after being named on the New Year's Honours List.

Glenda Rodgers McCormick has been recognised for her service to the community in the village and will receive a British Empire Medal (BEM) which is presented at an investiture at Hillsborough Castle by the Lord Lieutenant sometime in the new year, with an invitation to a Garden Party in London in the summer usually following.

Glenda has hosted the Bushmills Through the Wars Exhibition for the last 12 years and has helped to raise over £40,000 for different charities throughout that time.

Speaking to The Chronicle, the keen historian explains that the news hasn't quite ‘sunk in’ yet.

“I haven't got used to my new title yet and a few jokes were made that I will need bigger envelopes due to the length of my name but it was all taken in good spirits,” she said.

“To be honest it will take some time to sink in as I'm extremely proud to receive such a prestigious honour.

“The award is for my service to the community in Bushmills and it stems from the charity donations raised from the Bushmills Through the War Exhibition.

“During that time I've been very fortunate to raise a large amount of funds for different charities but I wouldn't have achieved that sum without the efforts of other volunteers and the general public, so I'm thankful to them for that.”

Glenda was able to tell her friends and family the great news in a double celebration as she recently celebrated her 60th birthday.

*For the full story see this week's Coleraine Chronicle

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