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Lee Pearson, Ellie Robinson and Adam Peaty lead New Year's Honours list

Lee Pearson, Ellie Robinson and Adam Peaty are among well-known faces recognised in the New Year's Honours list along with activists who have campaigned to reduce gun and knife crime and prominent business leaders.

Midlands Olympic and Paralympic heroes have been recognised Credit: PA

Leading the honours list is Paralympic equestrian Lee Pearson, who has been awarded a knighthood for services to equestrianism.

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Paralympic equestrian Lee Pearson has been awarded a knighthood Credit: PA Wire

The 42-year-old from Staffordshire won a gold and silver medal in Rio. The dressage rider and flag bearer for Paralympic Team GB, has won 11 gold medals over five Paralympic games, making him one of the country's most decorated and experienced athletes.

  • Nick Skelton
Nick Skelton has been elevated to CBE Credit: PA

Nick Skelton from Bedworth in Warwickshire had been awarded a CBE after winning gold in his seventh Olympic Games in Rio. At 58-years-old he became Britain's oldest Olympic gold medalist since 1908. He defied the odds to achieve this feat after suffering a devastating spinal injury in a riding accident in 2000.

Uttoxeter's Adam Peaty has been awarded an MBE Credit: PA Wire

Uttoxeter's Adam Peaty has been awarded an MBE for services to swimming.

The 22-year-old was was one of Team GB's stars of the pool at Rio, winning gold and breaking the world record (twice!) in the 100 metres breaststroke and winning silver in the 4x100 medley relay.

  • Ellie Robinson
Northampton's Ellie Robinson has been awarded an MBE Credit: PA

Northampton's Ellie Robinson has been awarded an MBE.

Earlier this month the swimmer from Northampton was crowned BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year for 2016.

Robinson, at age 15, beat Ellie Simmonds to win gold in the S6 50m Butterfly and set a new world record in Rio.

Joe Clarke has been awarded an MBE Credit: PA

Staffordshire's Joe Clarke has also been recognised for services to Canoeing.

Clarke claimed Team GB’s second gold of the Olympic Games in the K1 men’s slalom and was awarded the Freedom of the Borough following the win.

Anti-violence campaigner Marcia Shakespeare has been recognised Credit: PA

Other notable names recognised by the Queen include Marcia Shakespeare who has been awarded an MBE for her service in educating young people against gun and knife crime and gang involvement following the death of her daughter in 2003.

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