Baldrick knighted in honours list

Actor Tony Robinson and sculptor Anish Kapoor have been knighted in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours. Robinson's Blackadder co-star Rowan Atkinson gets a CBE and singer Adele receives an MBE. Clare Balding and Aled Jones are also honoured.

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Honiton Lace lady is honoured

74 year old Mrs Pat Perryman from Honiton has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the Heritage of Lace-Making.

Her efforts to keep the tradition alive were featured in the recent ITV West Country series Lost Industries

She has been making lace for over 40 years and is regarded as a leading authority on Honiton Lace, a fine English hand-made bobbin lace which was a major cottage industry in Honiton prior to the industrial revolution. She took up lace-making as a hobby in 1969.

Allhallows Museum (AM) approached her to demonstrate lace making in 1979. Since then her work has been intrinsically linked to AM and she has delivered weekly Honiton Lace-making classes to residents of all ages.

Red Bull's Christian Horner 'shocked' by OBE honour

Red Bull racing team principal Christian Horner said he was "shocked but very honoured" to receive an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Horner, 39, has been recognised for services to motor sport, including leading Red Bull to a hat-trick of Formula One world titles over the past three years.

Red Bull racing team principle Christian Horner. Credit: James Moy/James Moy Photography/Press Association Images

He said: "It's all a bit unexpected. Incredible really. I'm naturally shocked, but I just feel very honoured and privileged to receive it.

"To be in the company of men and women who have achieved such great things for the country is something very, very special".


Michael Attenborough 'hugely honoured' by CBE

Theatre director Michael Attenborough said he feels "hugely honoured" to be awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Mr Attenborough, the son of actor Richard Attenborough, said he is "only too aware of the distinguished list of fellow artists that have received this award".

"Havingworked in the theatre for over 40 years, 33 of them running theatres, I am nowreally looking forward to concentrating exclusively on my directing", he added.

Graff Diamonds founder awarded OBE

Laurence Graff, chairman and founder of Graff Diamonds, has been awarded an OBE. Credit: Geoff Caddick/PA Wire

The British-born billionaire behind one of the world's most successful jewellery firms has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Laurence Graff, who founded Graff Diamonds in 1960, said he was "overjoyed to have received this acknowledgment for services to jewellery".

"From humble beginnings and a lifetime working in the industry, I am extremely proud to receive such an honour", he added.

Thames Water operations director to receive OBE

The operations director of the UK's biggest water company - which was revealed to have paid no corporation tax this financial year - has been made an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Robert Collington, one of eight directors on Thames Water's executive team, has been given the award for "services to consumers" in London and the Thames Valley area, "particularly during drought".

The firm's website says that Mr Collington, known as Bob, was appointed to the position of operations director last September and is responsible for 2,300 employees involved in their operations and maintenance.

File photo of a household water tap. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Last summer, Thames Water kept a hosepipe ban in place for two months despite record levels of rain falling in that period after the restrictions were enforced.

They were one of seven water companies across southern and eastern England to bring in the bans after two unusually dry winters left some groundwater supplies and rivers as low as in the drought year of 1976.

Thames Water says its taxable profits are reduced by allowances on its £1 billion-a-year investment programme. Remaining gains are offset by tax losses claimed from other members of the group.

'Humble' Hilary Devey thanks fans for CBE messages

Former Dragons' Den star Hilary Devey said she is "so humble" to have received a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Thanking her fans for their congratulations on Twitter, she wrote:


'Transvestite potter' Grayson Perry awarded CBE

"Transvestite potter" Grayson Perry said he is already thinking about what to wear when he receives his CBE from Buckingham Palace.

The artist, who regularly appears as his female alter-ego Claire, famously wore a Little Bo Peep outfit when he won the Turner Prize for his ceramics in 2003.

Artist Grayson Perry has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The 53 year old, who has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours, said he was not expecting it, adding, "I suppose I'm surprised that the tentacles of the establishment reach into my particular pond of culture".

Perry said he had "weighed up the coolness factor" of accepting the award, but said it would help give him "a platform" and was nice for "the older generation" in his family.

He continued: "People from that background who perhaps don't tend to go into art galleries and can sometimes judge success by making money or being in a question on a quiz show or getting an honour and now I've done all three".

Wendy Parry 'deserves the recognition' of OBE

Wendy Parry's husband said she "deserves the recognition" after she was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours:

Colin and Wendy Parry's 12-year-old son Tim was killed alongside three-year-old Johnathan Ball in the Warrington bombing on March 20, 1993.

Former Dragon 'flattered and flabbergasted' by CBE

Former Dragons' Den star Hilary Devey said she is "flattered and flabbergasted" after being awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

The businesswoman, who made her fortune after launching freight haulage firm Pall-Ex, rose from humble beginnings as a Bolton girl who remembers the bailiffs calling when her father's central heating business went bankrupt.

Hilary Devey said she is 'flattered and flabbergasted' after being awarded a CBE. Credit: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

Ms Devey who suffered a near-fatal stroke in 2009, also campaigns for a number of charities and is a patron of the Stroke Association and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers.

She said, "It is wonderful to receive such recognition, but this should be less about me, and more about the charities that I support and the amazing transport sector in which I am privileged to work".

Ms Devey dedicated her honour to the charities she has tried to support "as well as to the lorry drivers, forklift truck drivers and everyone else who works in the logistics sector: the unsung heroes of British industry".

  1. Granada

Wendy Parry given OBE

Wendy Parry with husband Colin Credit: PA Images

Wendy Parry, whose 12-year-old son Tim was killed alongside three-year-old Johnathan Ball in the Warrington bombing on March 20, 1993, will receive an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

A further 56 people were injured by two bombs put in litter bins the day before Mothering Sunday. No warning was given and nobody has ever been prosecuted for the outrage.

Mrs Parry, who set up the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace with husband Colin, is awarded the OBE in the year that marks the 20th anniversary of the attack.

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