More than a thousand people have been given awards in the New Year Honours List - including many from the East Midlands.
The recipients include a GP from Loughborough and an archaeologist who led the team that found the remains of King Richard the Third under a car park in Leicester. Rajiv Popat reports.
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It includes the National Space Centre and the Guildhall.