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Honours for North Easterners who make a difference

Kate Farnell receives an MBE for establishing a cancer charity Photo: ITV News Tyne Tees

A North East woman who founded a cancer charity is recognised in the New Year Honours.

Kate Farnell was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 40. Soon after, she established the Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust, to support others with the disease.

From small beginnings, the trust now works across the country. It also has a presence internationally, as part of the Thyroid Cancer Alliance.

Kate Farnell set out to give thyroid cancer patients a greater voice. She says her award, of an MBE, is for everyone who lives with the condition.

The editor of the Northern Echo, Peter Barron also receives an MBE for services to journalism and the North East community. He describes the award as 'humbling'.

The editor of the Northern Echo receives an MBE Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Among the recipients of the British Empire Medal is the Darlington sub-postmaster Peter Stemmer.

Since taking over Mowden Park post office, he and his wife have transformed it into a hub of their community. Peter even provides home deliveries of stamps and other items to people who are unable to get to the post office themselves.

There is also a major honour for a man who helped to transform the image of the North East. The creator of the Angel of the North, Antony Gormley, receives a knighthood.

There is a knighthood for the man who created this iconic sculpture Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees