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England captain Houghton given MBE award

Stephanie Houghton is made an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) by the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palac Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

England Women's captain Steph Houghton has received an MBE during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The 28-year-old, from Durham, had been named in the Queen's New Year Honours list and was given her award today for services to women's football.

Speaking earlier in the year about her MBE award, the Manchester City Women's captain said:

It was a massive year for our sport and to be awarded an MBE at the end of it… well, it doesn’t seem real.

– Steph Houghton

Gibson deserves OBE, says Middlesbrough MP

Middlesbrough Chairman Steve Gibson Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald has paid tribute to Steve Gibson after the Boro Chairman was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Mr McDonald said:

I cannot think of anyone who is more deserving of being awarded an OBE than Steve Gibson.

Steve's determination to succeed and his unwavering commitment to Middlesbrough Football Club is immense as is his commitment to the town and the area evidenced by his continuous striving for progress and success in all that he does.

The community and the football club are as one while his saving the club after liquidation through to Carling Cup and UEFA Cup success tells its own story of our community's roller coaster ride through our highs and lows.

His infectious attitude of unlimited aspiration and ambition is wholly inspirational and affects everything he does - not just with The Boro but right through from the incredible complex and golf resort at Rockcliffe, his brilliantly successful international company Bulkhaul and, crucially, through into the superb work done by the Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation which so positively impacts on young people right across the region.

The contribution he has made to the people of Teesside is beyond measure. He wholeheartedly deserves this honour.

I'm sure there will be no shortage of tributes from far and wide but I just want to say to Steve that you are one of Middlesbrough's greatest sons. Enjoy your award, you thoroughly deserve it.

Congratulations Steve. UTB (Up the Boro)

– Andy McDonald, Labour MP for Middlesbrough


Middlesbrough FC chairman awarded OBE

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson Credit: PA

Steve Gibson, the founder and chairman of Bulkhaul, and owner of Middlesbrough Football Club, has been awarded an OBE for services to the economy, sport, and community in Teesside.

He is one of several prominent North-East residents to be honoured as part of the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.


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Prince Charles to visit Redcar steelworkers

The Prince of Wales is set to visit Redcar following the collapse of the steel industry.

His Royal Highness will visit The Redcar & Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart, small businesses and the multi-agency SSI Task Force, who meet regularly following the recent closure of the SSI Steelworks.

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His Royal Highness will also meet members of the Industrial Cadets initiative, a work-experience programme inspired by The Prince of Wales following a visit to Redcar in 2010.

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