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Celebrity chef, expert gardener and criminal justice expert in royal honours list

Award-winning chef and radio presenter Paula McIntyre will receive an MBE in the birthday honours list
Joanne Sweeney

A celebrity chef, a criminal justice inspector and an expert gardener are among 92 people from the north included in the latest royal honours list.

The work of unsung heroes in health, education and charity circles is also recognised in the awards marking Queen Elizabeth's official birthday.

George Gray receives the top honour of Companion of the Order of the Bath for his work as head of the Office of the Legislative Counsel in Belfast.

Stan Brown, head of Forensic Science Northern Ireland, former Moy Park chief executive Janet McCollum and Brendan McGuigan, chief inspector of Criminal Justice, each get CBEs.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin will receive an OBE to go along with his Queen's Police Medal - one of six PSNI officers recognised in the birthday honours.

Mr Martin said: "I regard this OBE as recognition for the entire police service and for all of the officers and staff I have served alongside over the years and for those I have had the honour to lead."

Another OBE goes to Newry business leader Eamonn O'Hare for his contribution to the construction industry through the O'Hare & McGovern company.

Chef and food broadcaster Paula McIntyre will receive a MBE for her services to the hospitality sector.

The former restaurateur is a regular contributor to radio and television and made her reputation extolling the virtues of Northern Ireland produce.

Paul Wallace, head gardener at Queen's University Belfast, will receive a BEM for services to higher education and the community.

In education, principal Eamonn Magee of St Patrick's and St Brigid's Primary School and nursery unit has been recognised with an MBE.

From the emergency services, firefighters Ronald Nicholl and Denis Henry Black get an MBE and BEM respectively and paramedic Richard Bendall receives the Queen's Ambulance Medal.

Cancer services in the north were also recognised with MBEs going to Margaret Grayson, chair of the Northern Ireland Cancer Research Consumer Forum, and breast cancer fundraiser and educator Lynette McHendry.

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