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Queen's New Year's Honours in the Anglia region

More than 150 people across the Eastern Counties have been honoured in the Queen's New Year's Honours list. Photo:

More than 150 people across the Eastern Counties have been honoured in the Queen's New Year's Honours list published today.

There was a definite theme to this year's list but after such a successful summer of sport you'd expect nothing less.

Our cyclists are ending the year with yet more recognition - a CBE for Victoria Pendleton, the country's most successful female cyclist ever. Born in Stotfold in Bedfordshire, she was made an MBE in 2008. The CBE follows gold and silver medals at this year's Olympic games.

Harlow-born Laura Trott is also honoured for services to cycling. Double Olympic champion at her first ever games and now an OBE.

Bedfordshire cyclist Victoria Pendleton's MBE has been upgraded to a CBE Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Hertfordshire cyclist Laura Trott has been awarded the OBE Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Greg Rutherford the Olympic long jump champion from Milton Keynes now has an MBE to add to gold medal.

"I am delighted and feel very proud to be receiving this great honour. 2012 has been an incredible year for me, and winning a gold medal at a home Games was a dream come true. Super Saturday will go down as one of the greatest days of my life and to come away from that with a gold medal was an overwhelming experience and one I will cherish for the rest of my life. Now to be honoured by The Queen with an MBE is an incredible privilege and not something I was expecting.

– Greg Rutherford
Greg Rutherford from Milton Keynes was the Olympic long jump champion at London 2012 Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images
im Baillie, left, and Etienne Stott, right, won the gold medal in the Men's Canoe Double (C2) Final Credit: Victor R. Caivano/AP/Press Association Images

Remember when slalom canoist Etienne Stott brought his Olympic gold medal back to Bedford? Well, he'll now have an MBE to add to his collection.

MBEs also for Jessica Jane Applegate from Great Yarmouth who won a gold medal for swimming at the Paralympics.

And showjumper Ben Maher who said "I am truly humbled and delighted. It is a fantastic end to an amazing year. To be recognised in this way is wonderful, not only for me but for the sport of show jumping."

Great Britain's Jonnie Peacock from Cambridgeshire gets an MBE Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Prince Harry poses for photgraphs with Great Britain swimming gold medalist Jessica-Jane Applegate, now an MBE. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

From the Paralympic Games, Jonnie Peacock from Cambridgeshire, who won gold in the 100 metres T4 event, has been awarded an MBE for services to athletics.

Gold-medal winner Paralympic swimmer Jessica-Jane Applegate from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk was also given an MBE.

Great Britain's Louis Smith from Cambridgeshire competes in the Men's Pommel Horse Final at London 2012 Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire/Press Association Images

What a year for gymnast Louis Smith. A bronze and silver medal at the Olympics, champion of Strictly Come Dancing and now an MBE. On the subject of 2012 he said "I wasn't sure it could get any better but to be awarded an MBE is the icing on the cake and without a doubt the proudest moment of my life."

On the sporting theme former Ipswich Chairman David Sheepshanks is awarded a CBE for services to football and for charitable services in Suffolk. These days he's Chairman of St George's Park, the FA's national football centre.

Former Chairman of Ipswich Town FC is now a CBE Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

There's an honour for one of Bletchley Park's code-breakers. Raymond Roberts - or "Jerry" as he's known - was one of the team tasked with deciphering German messages. A job that's said to have shortened the second world war by two years.

Norfolk's Chief Constable Philip Gormley has been awarded the Queen's Police Medal (QPM). He's been head of the Norfolk force since January 2010 after a career with Thames Valley Police, the Met and the West Midlands Police.

Norfolk Chief Constable Philip Gormley has been award the Queen's Police Medal Credit: Norfolk Police

Cambridge academic and television historian Professor Mary Beard has been made an OBE for services to Classical Scholarship. Also given an OBE is the Labour leader of Stevenage Borough Council Sharon Taylor. Ms Taylor is also the Deputy Chair of the Local Government Association.

Hundreds of people have been honoured today. But the number of sportspeople in the list is unprecedented. Not surprising at the end of a quite incredible year.

You can see the full county-by-county list of the New Year's Honours by clicking on the links below:

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