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Artist among Queen's honoured
Marjorie Blamey
Marjorie Blamey's work continues to be used in publications worldwide
An 88-year-old botanical artist whose work appears in 37 books is one of several people from Cornwall recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

Marjorie Blamey, who illustrated the million-selling guide The Wild Flowers of Britain and Northern Europe, has been made an MBE for services to art.

Another eight Orders of the British Empire were announced for Cornwall.

People working in education, fire and rescue services, health and the community were appointed MBEs.

Mrs Blamey took up drawing in her late 40s as a hobby and has since amassed a collection of 10,000 botanical illustrations, which continue to be used in publications worldwide.

"It is amazing how it has grown," she said.

She said it was a "fantastic honour" to be appointed an MBE for her work.

Other people to be made an MBE were:

  • Richard Bower, Cornwall County Council Recycling Education Officer: For services to local government
  • John Bray, Chief executive, the Bishop's Forum: For services to young people
  • Michael Collier, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Fishing Vessel Surveyor
  • Ronald Hitchens, Roskear School teacher, Camborne: For services to education
  • Keith Roszell, vice-chair of the Cornwall Area Committee of the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund: For services to the Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service
  • Enid Johns: For services to the Multiple Sclerosis Society and to the community in Helston
  • Ruby Mallinson: For services to the Women's Auxiliary Air Force Association
  • Michael Pearn: For services to the community in Torpoint, Cornwall

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