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Headmistress 'overwhelmed' by honour.

A headmistress who helped revive the fortunes of a once-failing Midland comprehensive school said she was 'overwhelmed' today at the news she had been made a Dame in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Maureen Brennan, who was called to 10 Downing Street to advise the Prime Minister about improving education, described it as 'a monumental honour'.

The 51-year-old, from Staffordshire, who helped turn around Hillcrest School and Community College in Dudley, is one of dozens of Midland people from all walks of life honoured today.

Basil D'Oliveira, the former Worcestershire and England cricketer who unwittingly found himself at the centre of the row which effectively led to South Africa's exile from international sport, is made a CBE.

His son Damian, a coach at Worcestershire, said he was 'proud and delighted' at the news of his father's award.

Actor David Jason, known to millions as Del Boy in the TV hit Only Fools and Horses, receives a knighthood, and there is an honorary knighthood for Britain's favourite broadcaster Terry Wogan whose award, although not part of the Birthday Honours, has been timed to coincide with them Jason heads a list of stars from showbusiness, the arts and industry, which includes awards for Jonathan Ross, and Midge Ure, who is organising Live 8 with Bob Geldof.

Oscar winner Dame Judi Dench, one of Britain's best-loved actresses, becomes a Companion of Honour.

In sport, there is an MBE for ex-England striker Les Ferdinand and an OBE for Dave Sexton, former manager of Coventry, Chelsea and Manchester United.

There is also an OBE for Frank Gardner, the BBC's security correspondent, who was left paralysed from the waist down after being shot at point blank range by terrorists in Saudi Arabia a year ago, in an incident in which cameraman Simon Cumbers died


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Date:Jun 11, 2005
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