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NEW YEAR'S HONOURS: Thanks for Games spectacular.

THE former Liverpool journalist who masterminded the spectacular opening of the Common-wealth Games has been awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours List.

Sue Woodward, 45, originally from Huyton, has been honoured for the opening and closing ceremonies which paved the way for the huge suc-cess of Manchester 2002. Mrs Woodward is now the creative director of the Liverpool Capital ofCulture bid. Last night, the Gra-nada Television execu-tive said: ``I'm thrilled tobits.``I was told in Novem-ber and have had to keepit a secret up until now but it has been so difficult.

at all and I am particu-larly happy that it recognises my work in broad-casting as well as in the Commonwealth Games.''

The former pupil ofPrescot Girls' Grammar School started her career on the Huyton Reporter. She then moved to the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo in 1982, working as a journalist in head office before being given charge of the Knowsley district. Mrs Woodward met her husband Brian, then the paper's crime report-er, now a journalist on the Daily Mirror, while working in Liverpool.

She then moved on toGranada Television, starting as a reporter, becoming a producer, then head of news and head of broadcasting. She is now on Grana-da's board with overall responsibility for com-missioning and planningand lives in Worsley, near Manchester, with herhusband and their 10-year-old son, Alex. She has been seconded from Granada to work on Liv-erpool's Capital of Cul-ture bid.

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