The New Year Honours were far from being just about sport. The achievements of hundreds of unsung heroes were also marked.
Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson, the soldier who conquered horrific injuries, was rewarded for his charity work.
The children's illustrator Quentin Blake became a knight and the singer Kate Bush was made a CBE.
Sascha Williams reports.
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