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Rounding up the New Year Honours in the east of the region

Dozens of people across the region have been honoured by the Queen in the New Year Honours list.

Nicholas Parsons, for many years the host of Anglia's Sale of the Century and former Cambridge student , Sandi Toksvig both get awards.

But the list is dominated by those whose hard work in our communities really makes a difference - a teacher, a guide dog ambassador and a bell-ringer are among those recognised.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Becky Jago

Rounding up the New Year Honours in the west of the region

Dozens of people across the region have been honoured by the Queen in the New Year Honours list.

Nicholas Parsons, for many years the host of Anglia's Sale of the Century, and former Cambridge student, Sandi Toksvig, both get awards.

But the list is dominated by those whose hard work in our communities really makes a difference - a teacher and a village fundraiser are among those recognised.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Becky Jago

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Suffolk volunteer "screamed with excitement" after being awarded honour

A number of people from our region have been recognised as part of the New Year's honours list.

Among them, is Michael Clarke from Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.

He's volunteered and raised funds for the Guide Dogs charity for over thirty years.

He says being awarded the British Empire Medal came as a great surprise.

Click below for the full list of New Year Honours in each of the counties in the Anglia region:

Former Cambridge student Sandi Toksvig 'honoured' to be awarded OBE

Sandi Toksvig has been recognised with an OBE. Credit: PA

Broadcaster and wit Sandi Toksvig, who studied in Cambridge, said she was "honoured" to be recognised with an OBE.

The Danish-born star has become a familiar face and voice since first finding national fame three decades ago as a children's TV presenter.

Toksvig, 55, has been included in the honours list for her services to broadcasting.

She said of her award: "I'm honoured to have been recognised in this way. Broadcasting is a team effort and I would like to pay tribute to all the writers, production and technical staff I've worked with over the years."

Toksvig was often travelling as a youngster as a result of her father's work as a foreign correspondent but settled in the UK and went on to study at Girton College, Cambridge.

It was while at university that she cut her teeth in comedy, performing in an all-female Footlights revue, then had her first major break as a presenter hosting ITV Saturday morning show No. 73 in the early 1980s, along with future Oscar-winning film director Andrea Arnold.

She also established herself on the stand-up comedy circuit and became a regular face on Channel 4's improvisational show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, as well as contributing regularly to shows such as Call My Bluff - as a team captain - together with Have I Got News For You and QI.

Northampton headteacher to be officially known as 'Sir' after receiving knighthood

A number of people from our region have been recognised as part of the New Year's honours list.

Among them is Michael Griffiths.

He's the headmaster of Northampton School for Boys so is used to being called 'sir' - which is now his official title, after being awarded a knighthood for his services to education.

Speaking to ITV News Anglia, Mr Griffiths said that he was shocked to receive the honour:

"I couldn't really believe it, as I suspect is the response of most people."

"It's great for the education profession as a whole, and it's a great thing for my own school."

Click below for the full list of New Year Honours in each of the counties in the Anglia region:

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County-by-county list of New Year Honours in East Anglia

The Queen's New Year Honours list for 2013 has been published. Credit: PA Wire

Dozens of people from across the Eastern counties have been awarded honours by the Queen in the New Year Honours list.

You can see who got what in your county by clicking below:

'Quiz of the Week' legend gets CBE

Nicholas Parsons who presented Sale of the Century on Anglia has been made a CBE Credit: PA Wire

TV and radio personality Nicholas Parsons said he was "flattered and delighted" to be awarded a CBE for his charitable work.

He become known for hosting Anglia Television's Sale Of The Century, with its famous opening line "And now from Norwich, it's the quiz of the week ..." which launched as a regional show in 1971, and was broadcast nationally by 1975.

He said: "I think it's a very nice honour - I'm flattered and I'm delighted. I think honours are a wonderful thing to receive if you have worked hard and that is recognised. I don't understand these people who are pompous and say they don't want it. "

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