Author Philip Pullman said he was “very surprised and honoured” after being awarded a knighthood.
New Year Honours
Men and women across the North-east have been honoured for their hard work and dedication in this year’s New Year’s Honours List.
Ruth Langsford has congratulated her “darling” husband and This Morning co-presenter Eamonn Holmes over his upcoming OBE.
“Secret weapon” of theatre Rosemary Squire said she was “absolutely delighted” to receive a Damehood in the New Year Honours.
Lynne Franks, the PR guru who inspired Absolutely Fabulous, said she hopes receiving an OBE will shine a light on her work empowering women.
A West End star who began his career selling ice cream and programmes in a London theatre has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours.
Stonehaven-based Karen Smith has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for her service as the Royal National Lifeboat Institution's (RNLI) veteran fundraiser.