Rev Knox humbled by BEM honour

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He had been an chaplain to the army, the Royal Air Force and the Territorial Army, but it was his work with the Royal British Legion in Garvagh, for which the Rev Alan Knox has been nominated for in the New Year’s Honours List.

The retired Church of Scotland minister will receive a BEM next year.

“I’m deeply honoured and humbled to have been given this award, as I can’t help but think that there are many others who are actively working in this area as well.”

He is the current chair and chaplain of the British Legion’s Garvagh branch and is deputy chaplain to the Northern Ireland Region.

Mr Knox is at the centre of the annual Garvagh Remembrance Sunday event organisation, leads on all fundraising initiatives and supports the welfare activities for all ex-service men and women in the North Antrim area.

The former Instonian, who studied at Trinity College, Dublin, before working in Scotland, has enjoyed a varied career of ministry in churches and the military over the years.

Meanwhile Jeffery Brownhut who was director of the Northern Ireland Airshow at Portrush from 2002 to 2013 has been awarded an MBE for services to the Leisure and Tourism industry. The 79-year-old initiated the Air Show in 1991.

It regularly attracted more than 300,000 over two days - and Jeff, who is married to Susan, said: “When I first went over there, I made it plain I was Jewish, but everyone was very nice.

“Sue and I managed to get all the political and religious groups to get together and watch the air show.”

Jeff, who received the 2008 Air Display Association award, is also involved with Leeds AJEX and the Jewish branch of the Royal British Legion and has staged air shows in Israel.

He added: “I have no idea who nominated me, but I am delighted and honoured.”