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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.

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