MBE for services to tourism across Northumberland

A man who launched tourism groups to raise the profile of areas of Northumberland has been given an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Bruce Hewison, 55, has been given the award for his tireless work in promoting Rothbury and Coquetdale and then Alnwick.

In 1998 Bruce, who runs West Acre House, a bed and breakfast in Alnwick, launched the Rothbury and Coquetdale Tourism Association in as he felt the then Alnwick District Council wasn’t marketing it enough.

Because of its success when he moved to Alnwick in 2004 he was asked to set up a similar group and is now chairman of Alnwick Tourism Association which has one of the most successful websites of its kind.

Mr Hewison said: “I am absolutely thrilled with this honour. I have obviously been nominated by several people and my thanks go out to them.”

John Mowbray, director of corporate resources at Northumbrian Water has been given an OBE for services to the water industry and charity.

Both will receive the honours at Buckingham Palace.