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THE long-time leader of a Gaelic choir has told of his delight after being recognised with a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Kenneth Thomson, from Kelvinside, has spent nearly 40 years of his life conducting the Glasgow Gaelic Musical Association (GGMA) after first taking up the hobby by accident – and he hasn’t looked back since.
The former chief executive of Yorkhill’s NHS Trust was asked by a dad of a friend of his girlfriend – and later wife – Valerie at the age of 18 to cover on his native Campbeltown’s choir for just six weeks, only for Mr Thomson to fall in love with the language.
But the 71-year-old has admitted the award is tinged with sadness as he is unable to share it with Valerie, who lost her life when she was struck by a lorry on Kelvinbridge 11 years ago.
Kenneth and his wife Valerie, who passed away 11 years ago
The father-of-two and grandfather-of-four said: “I only felt sorry that my wife was killed in an accident a few years ago and she wasn’t here to share it with me.
“But I know she would have been really proud.”
He added: “I am feeling quite delighted and it was such a nice surprise to get the email.
“The choir has been a big part of my life. I joined when I was 18 and now I am 71, having taken over as conductor in 1983.
“It was actually kind of by accident that I became involved in the choir.
This adorable kestrel chick was rescued in West Yorkshire after being knocked out of its nest.
The chick, which has been taken to Meltham Wildlife Rescue, was found grounded and unable to fly after being knocked out of its nest by a lorry.
With no sign of mum or dad nearby, rescuers made the decision to take the little chick to wildlife rehabbers who will look after it until it is ready to be re-released into the wild.
PC Caroline Newsome from West Yorkshire Police‘s wildlife crime unit, who took the chick to Metlham Wildlife Rescue, told Yorkshire Live: “The kestrel’s nest had been disturbed/damaged when a wagon has caught a power cable, attached to an old building, exactly where the nest was situated.
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“The kestrel chick will stay at Meltham for a week, monitoring its health and feeding – he/she gulped down half a chick last night, so has a good appetite! – before heading up to Knoxwood wildlife rescue, where they have bigger aviary facilities.”
PC Newsome said that the plan will be to keep the kestrel ‘wild’ in captivity until it is ready to be released, which will probably be in the autumn.
With the bird nesting season upon us, PC Newsome has urged anyone who finds a chick in this situation to consult with a rescue centre before intervening – unless there is an obvious danger.
There is also more information about what to do if you find an injured bird on the RSPB website.
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A lorry driver has been praised after parking beneath a motorway bridge which it was feared a man would jump off.
A photograph shared on social media show a man sat on the edge of a bridge flanked by what appears to be two police officers.
Cheshire Police said it was called to a bridge over the M62 by Warrington on Tuesday afternoon due to safety concerns.
Vulnerable Citizen Support Leeds, a community interest company providing welfare services for those in need, shared a photograph of the incident on their Facebook page to raise awareness of mental health issues.
The non-profit organisation said it was sharing the image to show “it’s okay not be ok”.
The group, who also deliver food to the homeless, praised the lorry driver for taking action.
“What a trucker,” the post said. “Stopping on the hard shoulder and leaving his truck there – to ensure when he did jump it wasn’t a longer distance to the floor.”
It added: “What people don’t understand is that to jump on the other side of any bridge – indicates something drastically wrong with [their] mental health. But whats next?”
Social media users were united in praise for the lorry driver, with one user commenting: “Trucker is a good human and deserves the utmost respect.”
Another wrote: “God bless the trucker and I hope and pray the man who was suicidal gets the help he needs and deserves.”
Highways England confirmed to The Independent that the M62 was closed at Junction 9 by Warrington on Tuesday due to a police incident.
A Cheshire Police spokesperson told Sky News reports of safety concerns for a man on an M62 bridge by Warrington came through on Tuesday afternoon.
She said: “A full closure was put in place while officers and specialist negotiators attended to the scene to engage with the man who was brought to safety and handed into the care of paramedics.”
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