New Years Honours: Guide leader from Minchinhampton among those recognised

A GIRL Guide leader, a retained firefighter and the leader of Gloucestershire County Council have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Girl Guide leader Pam Cottle, 82, has been honoured with the British Empire Medal for services to children and young people.

Mrs Cottle, from Minchinhampton has dedicated 60 years’ voluntary work with the youth movement.

She is currently president of Girlguiding UK’s Gloucestershire West Division .

Retained firefighter Mike Houghton has picked up a British Empire Medal for his dedicated work.

The granddad-of-four retired this month aged 65, after nearly 50 years of service.

Mike, who lives in Tetbury with his wife Doreen, joined the fire service as a cadet in 1964 at the age of 16.

He has spent his entire career based in Gloucestershire, first working at Patchway fire station and eventually moving to Stroud in 1974, where he served for 24 years.

Meanwhile, Gloucestershire County Council’s leader Mark Hawthorne will get an MBE for services to local Government.

The Conservative politician has been involved in local politics for 16 years and has also served as leader of Gloucester City Council.

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