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The champion paralympian Stephen Miller says he is humbled and proud after receiving an MBE in the New Year's Honours.
He is one of scores of people across the North East and North Yorkshire who have been recognised for their achievements.
Janice Pallas has been awarded an MBE for her charity fundraising efforts, Dr Reginald Carr also has an MBE for charity work and Sarfraz Mian has received a BEM for services to UK trade.
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Paralympic hero and three times gold medallist, Stephen Miller from Cramlington, says his MBE in the New Year's Honours list is a special thing and came as a big shock.
The 35-year-old has received the award for services to sport.
He says a lot of people have campaigned for him to be recognised, and he feels both humble and proud.
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Paralympian Stephen Miller has taken to Twitter to express his joy at being recognised in the New Year's Honours List.
Paralympic hero and three times Gold Medallist, Stephen Miller from Cramlington, has been recognised in the New Year's Honours List.
The athlete is known for London 2012 and for being the founder of SMILE THROUGH SPORT.
Stephen's family has told ITV News Tyne Tees they are thrilled to see him honoured in this way.
It has been announced that sixty local heroes from across the North East have gained royal recognition on 2016's New Year Honour's list.
Dr Reginald Carr from Blyth is just one of those to be honoured. He will receive an MBE for his 60 years voluntary work with the RNLI.
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Here is the full list of New Year's Honours recipients for the North East