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Monday, 02 March 2015

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Carlisle business boss receives MBE from Prince of Wales

A Cumbrian businessman has spoken of his pride after receiving the MBE from the Prince of Wales.

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Paul Ashley is made an MBE by the Prince of Wales

Paul Ashley, chairman of Carlisle door maker Clark Door, described the investiture ceremony, at Buckingham Palace, as among the highlights of his life.

Mr Ashley, who has also served as chairman of manufacturers’ trade body EEF in the north west, was given the honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List last June for services to Cumbrian industry.

“It was an amazing day. The impressive thing was that despite 105 people receiving honours on the day, it was made very personal for each person,” he said.

“Prince Charles took time to talk to everyone individually. He asked me about doors, what countries we sell to and whether we get paid for them!

“You get to take three guests, so I took my wife and two sons. It was one of the highlights of my life, a really proud day.”

Mr Ashley, 63, moved to Cumbria from his native Coventry to become managing director of Clark Door.

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