NEW YEAR HONOURS: Prestigious award for long-standing councillor

Anthony and Patricia Murray
Anthony and Patricia Murray

A community stalwart has spoken of his pride and gratitude after being awarded an MBE for his services to Wooler and Northumberland.

Anthony Murray, who lives in the village, has said he is truly humbled to be included in the New Year’s Honours List.

Over the years, he has shown dedication to representing local people and ensuring that they are given a voice and their needs are met.

Mr Murray, 79, said: “It is very nice to be honoured for doing things that you enjoy doing. I am chuffed and I feel very humbled and I wouldn’t have been recognised in this way if an awful lot of people hadn’t worked alongside me in a lot of ways.”

Mr Murray has given more than 40 years of dedicated service to the Northumberland National Park.

During his time volunteering at the park, he has served as both chairman of its development management committee and vice-chairman of the Authority. He has been selfless in his dedication to the cause and his knowledge has helped the park to develop and improve.

He is an active councillor at both parish and county level and sits on numerous committees. Previously, he served on Chatton parish council, represented the Chatton and Wooler wards on Berwick Borough Council and served as Mayor in 2007.

Other titles he has held include chairman of Northumberland National Farmers’ Union and the Cheviot Defence Action Group, which successfully opposed the dumping of nuclear waste in the hills in the 1970s. He also served as churchwarden at Chillingham.

He currently serves as a governor at Glendale Community Middle School, is a River Tweed Commissioner and member of Community Action Northumberland.

Mr Murray is a father of two and grandfather of four and has been married to Patricia for more than 50 years.

He said: “My wife has been a widow to the community. She has been right beside me as my advisor and mentor.”

○ Northumberland County Council‘s deputy chief executive Daljit Lally has been awarded an OBE for her leadership and vision in integrating health and social care services to improve the lives of residents in Northumberland.

Her post is a shared role with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust where she is the executive director for wellbeing and community health services.

Daljit said: “I am really surprised and humbled to receive this honour. I know my parents, who are sadly no longer with us, would be so proud and I accept it in their memory.”