A number of locals have been honoured by the Queen for their service to the community and for achievements in their fields.
Congratulating Councillior William McCandless said "The awarding of New Years Honours has been a time honoured tradition since 1890.Most Honours are awarded on the advice of the Cabinet Office.
"Anyone can make a recommendation if they know someone whom they deem worthy to be recognised and receive the honour.
I wish to congratulate those citizens from our Borough who were nominated and recognised in the New Years Honours.It is a great honour to them, their families and our Borough.
"These are people who have contributed to our communities and in doing so many have benefitted from their service. Thank you and well done."