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Glock Receives Austrian Award At Birthday Party

Austrian gun maker Gaston Glock has celebrated his 85th birthday with a huge ceremony in which the charitable work of himself and his wife Kathrin was honoured with a top Austrian award, and confirmation that this year two streets and a business park are to be named after him.

The gunmaker who lives on a huge estate in the southern Austrian province of Carinthia together with his 33-year-old wife was awarded the "Honorary Golden Cross of the Land of Carinthia" by the region's Governor Peter Kaiser who praised Glock's charitable donations and skill in developing one of the world's best known weapons. The weekend celebration also saw praise in particular for the couple's work in the field of horsemanship with their now famous Glock Horse Performance Centre.

His motto "there is no such thing as impossible" has been especially visible in Carinthia in the past year with the couple donating 4 million EUR (3.1 million GBP) to good causes including helping out animals and people in difficulties.

Also present and offering praise at the weekend birthday party was the mayor of the town of Treffen, Klaus Glanznig, who said he was especially proud of the family. He said: "Kathrin manages the Performance Centre with such a fine hand and an eye for detail that you would think she had done nothing else her entire life. And he has a calming influence that simply listens to all problems and instead of agitating others, to get the problem solved."

Walter Seledec, chairman of the Austrian parliamentary military commission, said it was clear that no other Austrian technician and inventor had done more in the area of improving weapons technology than Glock.

The other honorary guests included police chief Michaela Kohlweiss, and a special military march was performed that was written and dedicated to Gaston Glock.

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