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103 year old runner from Ilford honoured by the Queen

A 103-year-old marathon runner said receiving an honour from the Queen will extend his life "by several years".

Fauja Singh, from Ilford, east London, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to sport and charity.

Fauja Singh is 104 in April but still covers 10 miles a day

The centenarian, who originally comes from India and does not speak English, still covers 10 miles a day through a mixture of walking and jogging.

His trainer Harmander Singh said the runner had responded to the news of the honour by saying: "It has extended my life by several years."

He feels so energised and enthusiastic and inspired by this he will put in extra effort to become more active.

He wanted to thank Her Majesty for remembering him.

– Harmander Singh, Fauja Singh's trainer

He is widely recognised as the oldest marathon runner in the world, having completed nine marathons since 2000.

His last was the London Marathon in 2012, when he finished in seven hours and 49 minutes.

His best time was five hours and 40 minutes in Toronto in 2003.

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Network Rail bosses given MBEs in New Year Honours

Two bosses of beleaguered Network Rail have been awarded MBEs in the New Year Honours.

Over-running engineering work led to chaotic scenes last Saturday with closures at King's Cross and Paddington stations.

Over-running engineering work led to chaotic scenes last Saturday. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Network Rail's western route managing director Patrick Hallgate, whose responsibilities include routes in and out of Paddington, has been awarded an MBE for services to the economy in south west England.

The firm's south east route managing director David Ward has also been given an MBE for services to the rail industry.


Jamal Edwards becomes an MBE

24 year old Londoner Jamal Edwards has been appointed MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours.

SBTV founder and CEO Jamal Edwards is honoured by the Queen Credit: PA Wire

The young entreprenuer helped launch the career of stars including Ed Sheeran and now has an estimated fortune of £8 million.

He rose to success after launching the online video channel SBTV to upload clips of his friends performing on the estate in Acton where he lived. But the channel soon garnered millions of hits and he has now worked with the likes of Jessie J and Emeli Sande.

I'm overwhelmed. My gran doesn't know yet. My mum and dad know but that's it. My gran is going to be the most over the moon. I want her to see it before I tell her.

– Jamal Edwards MBE

Joan Collins becomes a Dame in New Year Honours

Joan Collins said she was "deeply honoured" after it was revealed she would be made a Dame in the New Year Honours list.

The 81-year-old actress grew up in Paddington and went to the Francis Holland School in Westminster before training at RADA.

She has been recognised for her decades of charity work, and said, "It is humbling to receive this level of recognition from my Queen and country, and I am thrilled and truly grateful."

James Corden receives OBE in New Year Honours

Actor and comedian James Corden has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list.

London actor James Corden becomes an OBE Credit: Reuters

Corden, who grew up in Hillingdon and played Smithy in the hit BBC series Gavin & Stacey, has established himself at the forefront of the entertainment industry.

The 36 year old earned international acclaim in 2011 for his performance in comedic play One Man, Two Guvnors, which was a success both in the West End and on Broadway.

He is now in the midst of making a big break across the Atlantic - soon to be seen alongside Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep in the film Into The Woods. He is also due to step in as the new host for popular US chat series The Late Late Show.

I'm thrilled, overwhelmed and honoured to be recognised in such a way. I feel very lucky to be born in a country where creativity is both encouraged and valued. My family are very proud. My mum is already fretting about what to wear.

– James Corden OBE
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New Year Honours for Tower of London poppies creators

The creators of the Tower of London's moving art installation of poppies have received MBEs in the New Year Honours list.

Paul Cummins and Tom Piper were given the awards in recognition of the Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, which saw 888,246 ceramic poppies progressively fill the Tower's moat.

Each poppy represented a British or Colonial military death during the First World War.

The display took its name from the opening line of a poem written by a First World War soldier whose name no one knows.


Jimmy Mizen's parents "honoured" to receive MBEs

The parents of a teenager who was murdered in south east London have been awarded MBEs in the New Year honours.

Margaret and Barry Mizen say they're honoured to receive the titles for their charity work, but that it's "tinged with sadness" for the loss of 16 year old Jimmy who was killed in Lee in 2008.Piers Hopkirk went to meet them.

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Downing Street cleaners sweep up honours

Two Downing Street cleaners have been awarded for services to the Prime Minister's Office in the New Year Honours list.

Madeleine Josephine Hennell and Henrietta Shorter received British Empire Medals (BEMs) for their work cleaning one of the most famous addresses in the UK.

Madeleine Josephine Hennell and Henrietta Shorter have served for five Prime Ministers. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Both women have served under five Prime Ministers going back to Margaret Thatcher.

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Actress Angela Lansbury's a genuine Hollywood Dame

Actress Angela Lansbury, who has been made a Dame of the British Empire, has her roots in London's East End despite a career that has seen her become a fixture in Hollywood and on Broadway.

Angela Lansbury is to become a Dame. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The 88-year-old actress is known to millions as the sleuth Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote but her career includes countless film roles including appearances in Bedknobs And Broomsticks, The Manchurian Candidate and alongside Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii.

Lansbury, who was previously awarded a CBE, was born in Poplar, east London, but moved to the US during the Second World War after the death of her father Edgar, who was a politician.

Her award, on the overseas list, was for "services to drama and to charitable work and philanthropy".

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