Honours for the region's finest

Former stuntman Eddie Kidd and actors Kate Winslet and Kenneth Branagh are among some of those recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list today.

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Rewards for local people

Local people have also been honoured. Two scientists based at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory in Porton Down were given OBE's. Dr Paul Rice has been recognised as a world-leading expert in the developing defences against chemical and biological attacks.

And Dr Carl Mayers has been awarded an OBE for his work which includes a pioneering screening and training programme that made a significant impact for the UK military in Afghanistan.

In Southampton, teacher Manju Tank received an MBE for helping Hampshire’s ethnic minorities access vital services.

In Kent, one of the leading hop growers Tony Redsell who farms extensively in Faversham, Canterbury and Thanet was awarded an OBE. Congratulations also to Police Constable Kim Julie White for her services to Policing and the Travelling Community.

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