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Plastic bags campaigner honoured

Rebecca Hosking
Rebecca Hosking started her work after seeing animals dying

A woman who spearheaded a campaign to make a Devon town the first in Britain to ban plastic bags has been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

Rebecca Hosking has been appointed an MBE for services to the environment in Modbury by promoting reusable bags.

Other Devon community work recipients include Dr Henry Will, who has become an MBE for voluntary service to the Ford Park Cemetery Trust in Plymouth.

Robert Ball has become an MBE for services to young people in Exeter.

Camerawoman Mrs Hosking started the campaign in her home town after working on the Pacific atoll of Midway in 2006.

She saw the plight of albatrosses and other sea-life dying because of swallowing bits of plastic. This reminded her of the bags she saw floating in the sea off Devon where she swam as a child.

During her campaign, she persuaded all 43 shopkeepers in the town to replace their plastic bags with reusable ones.

Other honours in Devon:

Order of the British Empire

• Dr Christopher Charles Harling, from Kingsbridge, director of NHS Plus, for services to occupational health.


• Paul Lloyd Jones, from Exmouth, executive head teacher of Blackpool and Chudleigh Knighton, Lady Seaward's and Salcombe Primary Schools, for services to local and national education.


• John Stephen Morton Bower, from Ivybridge, for services to the British Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Foundation.

• Richard John Burningham, from Plymouth, manager of the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership, for services to the rail industry in south west England.

• Ms Heather Alice Crouch, from Beaworthy, chairwoman of Netball South West, for voluntary service to sport.

• Mrs Gwyneth Muriel Dickinson, from Okehampton, president of the Macular Disease Society, for services to visually impaired people.

• Maj Graham Roy Emond of the Devon Army Cadet Force.

• Robert Oliver David Graham, from Bidford, of the Ministry of Defence.

• Mrs Gillian Carol Hardy, from Newton Abbot, higher executive officer of Jobcentre Plus.

• Paul Lambert, from Tiverton, chairman of the Derbyshire Family Association, for services to maritime safety.

• Ms Melanie Justine McLoughlin, from Exeter, for services to the Devon Community Foundation.

• Mrs Moira Sheelagh Michelmore, for services to the community in Sidmouth.

• Dr Christopher Giles Rowland, for services to the Friends of the Oncology and Radiotherapy Centre, Exeter.

• Mrs Callie Saxty, from Plymouth, former head of visitor operations for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, English Heritage, for services to heritage.

• Mrs Catherine Slow, from Barnstaple, for services to West Exmoor Federation of Schools.

• Mrs Janet Stoyel, from Honiton, for services to the textile industry.

• Peter Thomas, from Liskeard, Cornwall; former project director of Devonport, Interserve plc, for services to the Defence Industry.

• Ronald Derek Vaulter, from Newton Abbot, for services to the community in South Devon.

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