North East New Year Honours

Famous and not so famous names are in line for honours this new year.

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South Shields rugby star receives MBE

The South Shields fly-half Katy McLean receives an MBE in the New Year Honours, to recognise her work for women's rugby.

McLean says she is overwhelmed by the response from the public.

It has been a big few months for the Darlington Mowden Park Sharks captain, who led her country against France in the autumn.

Katy explained how she nearly did not receive the official letter informing her of the MBE:

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'She is always there' : praise for founder of cancer charity

There has been warm praise for the founder of a cancer charity, from one of the patients she has supported.

Kate Farnell is receiving an MBE for founding and running the Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust. Kate set up the charity after she was diagnosed with the condition.

From her base on Tyneside, Kate provides information, help and support to people across the country and also works internationally.

Among those she has helped is Amy Horton, who paid this tribute to Kate and her work:

Gormley's knighthood 'represents culture shift'

Angel of the North creator, Sir Antony Gormley has said he accepted his knighthood as a recognition for the art form. The 63-year-old won the Turner Prize in 1994 and accepted an OBE in 1997. He said that the award was representative of a shift in the culture of the country.

"I think it's a good thing for sculpture and a recognition of the aspect of sculpture that is about a collective vision."

"We've realised we are rather good at making things that are not simply ships, planes or military equipment. This is something we can be proud of and take to other cultures.

"I think it's a feeling that these sort of awards went to people, and of course still do, that have served the country in obvious ways militarily, politically or industrially and now they also go to people that have opened people's minds and this reflects that shift."

– Sir Antony Gormley

South Shields rugby star honoured

England rugby union captain Katy McLean said she cannot believe she is set to receive an MBE in the New Year Honours list. The 28-year-old is from South Shields and has been playing rugby since she was a child. Now, she boasts 65 caps for England.

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Can't really believe this is happening.. Thank you to everyone for such kind messages.. Really overwhelmed!! #thankyou

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Angel Of The North sculptor knighted

Angel Of The North sculptor Antony Gormley has been honoured with a knighthood. Credit: PA Wire

Angel Of The North sculptor Antony Gormley has received a knighthood for services to the arts in the 2014 New Year Honours list.

The 63-year-old is one of the country's most prominent artists, with public works to his name including the giant rust-coloured Angel Of The North and Another Place - which consists of 100 cast-iron figures on a Merseyside beach looking out to sea.

Gormley, who grew up in London and was educated at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire, said he felt the award was representative of a shift in the culture of the country.

He said: "We've realised we are rather good at making things that are not simply ships, planes or military equipment. This is something we can be proud of and take to other cultures.

"I think it's a feeling that these sort of awards went to people, and of course still do, that have served the country in obvious ways militarily, politically or industrially and now they also go to people that have opened people's minds and this reflects that shift."