Today, 1 January 2017 HM Lord-Lieutenant of Cumbria, Mrs Claire Hensman, has announced several Cumbrians who will be receiving a UK Honour in 2017, and is also encouraging local residents to consider nominating more people from across the county.
The Honours system recognises people who have made achievements in public and community life, and are committed to making a difference to those around them.
Several Cumbrians have already been confirmed to receive a UK Honour in 2017:
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Mrs Susan Victoria Mary Aglionby of Carlisle, for services to young people and the local community.
Mr James Ronald Carr of Carlisle, for services to conservation, education and the community.
Miss Lindsey Jane Pownall of Penrith, for services to business growth and productivity.
Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Major Michael Thomas Bolderson of Millom, for services in support of defence equipment.
Mrs Jennifer Ann Foote of Penrith, for services to further education.
Mr Charles Richard Godwin of Grange over Sands, for services to charity.
Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)
Mr Frank Duncan Hamlett of Carnforth, for services to charity.
Mrs Elizabeth Ann Hay of Carlisle, for services to the community in Rockcliffe.
Mr Gordon Lambert Routledge of Longtown, for services to the local community.
Anyone can nominate someone for a UK Honour through the 'open access' system and these are awarded to people from all walks of life.
The final decision as to who receives an honour is first decided by an Honours Committee and their recommendations will then go to the Prime Minister and finally to HM The Queen. On approval - and the process can take up to 18 months - an announcement of recipients will be made in HM The Queen's New Year's Honours List and HM The Queen's Birthday Honours List in June.
Nomination forms and advice on how to complete them are available through the Cumbria County Council website.
Claire Hensman, Lord-Lieutenant for Cumbria, said:
"I would encourage people to think about someone that they know who always goes the extra mile for others and who has made a special contribution to their community or to their area of work over the years. Anyone can nominate a person for an honour and I am very keen for people who have given exceptional service to the community to receive the recognition they deserve.
"These awards are special and for me they are the highest possible recognition of a job well done."