Tameside people recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours
Thursday 16th June 2016 @ 09:53 by Adam Higgins
Ashton Hyde News

Three Tamesiders have been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours as the monarch marks her 90th year.

MBEs have been awarded to PCSO Gary Etchells from Hollingworth and John Baron from Ashton, who is HOLMES Coordinator in the Greater Manchester Police Serious Crime Division.

They receive the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire honour for services to the community.

While Lisa Shepherd, 42, from Hyde, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the homeless and her work at Greystones Men’s Hostel in Ashton where she is Operations Manager.

Gary, 57, has been a PCSO with GMP for more than 13 years, starting his career in Tameside.

In 2006, he made the Reporter headlines after he was stabbed in the neck by a tenant while assisting a housing association with an eviction notice in Stalybridge.

Gary was attacked with a carving knife, which punctured an artery and permanently damaged a nerve in his vocal cord.

He was lucky to survive but, since then, has received numerous accolades, including a bravery award for saving a man from drowning in a Tameside river.

The father-of-three said: “I’ve had lots of highs and some lows in my job over the last 13 years, but I wouldn’t change a thing – I love helping people and being out and about in the community.

“I am absolutely honoured to receive an MBE and I’m so shocked that I’ve been chosen, especially during such a special year for her majesty.”

John Baron, 68, has worked in the police for 52 years, joining Cheshire Police as a Police Cadet in 1964 and progressing to become an officer in 1966.

The force amalgamated to become GMP in 1974 and John stayed within the organisation to complete 32 years of police service, later becoming a member of police staff.

He has worked in the Serious Crime Division on the Home Office Large Major Enquiry System (HOLMES) since February 1997, leading on the systems for investigating homicide and major incidents for victims and families.

John said: “To receive such an honour for having done a job that I have thoroughly enjoyed and have pride in is just amazing.”

Lisa has been helping Tameside’s homeless for 27 years, having started at Greystones when she was just 15-years-old.

She left school to help her mum at the homeless service and has risen through the ranks, recently becoming Operations Manager.

And it was her mother who instigated Lisa achieving the royal honour – much to Lisa’s surprise!


By Tom Greggan