Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Three Isle of Man residents given New Year honours

Three people from the Isle of Man have been recognised in this year's New Year Honours.

Philanthropist Edwin Davies has been appointed CBE for charitable services. He had previously been honoured with an OBE.

Magistrate Elaine Christian has become an MBE, having served on the bench for 27 years.

And Catherine Christian has also become an MBE for her work with youngsters in Douglas.

'Lovely surprise'

Mrs Christian, 61, has been a youth worker for 21 years and has been involved in Beryl's Bus project in Ramsey since it began in 1995.

The project grew into the Ramsey Young People's Project and is now known as The Shed, which is open three nights a week.

She said: "When I was told I had been just nominated I thought it was marvellous, I couldn't believe it.

"When you are doing something you thoroughly enjoy you never in a million years expect to be rewarded, it was a lovely, lovely surprise.

"I'm so amazed that people have said so many nice things about me, it makes you very humble."

She added: "I set up a social club in Jurby (in the north of the island) when my daughter was young and I knew then that's what I wanted to do as a career.

"It's a help that you are a local person who is aware of local knowledge. You can't be judgmental in such a small community like the Isle of Man. We all live different lives, we can't criticise or judge people.

"I have been one of the lucky people in life, doing work I really enjoy. I'm just there, a familiar face for the young people."

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