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Our local heroes honoured.

Byline: By Alastair Craig

Tyneside's finest have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Celebrity Geordies are joined by unsung community heroes who have devoted their lives to making the region a better place in which to live.

Whitley Bay-born comedy writer Ian Le Frenais ( the man behind The Likely Lads, Porridge and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet ( is awarded an OBE.

And it's "Arise, Sir Beefy" as former Durham cricket legend Ian Botham picks up a knighthood, not only for being one of England's most popular and successful players, but also for his charity work, raising million of pounds for Leukaemia charities through his long-distance walks.

Civil servants, charity workers and arts leaders from across the region were also recognised.

Peter Carr, North East Strategic Health Authority chairman ( who was awarded a CBE in 1991 ( is knighted for services to the NHS.

Recipients of the MBE for services to the community include Agnes Thompson, commended for services to education at Thomas Hepburn Community School, Gateshead, where she is the manager of the school catering unit.

A mother who lost her daughter to drugs also receives the MBE. Janet Murphy released pictures of daughter Jennie, dying in hospital in 1995, to warn against the dangers of drugs. She then helped form the help group Escape.

Tynemouth pensioner Ylana First, 73, was picked for an MBE for her services to the community and the arts. She has campaigned to restore Tynemouth Station and has run an abstract art exhibition on its bridge.

Another local hero to be honoured with an MBE was George Loble, 80, from Gosforth, Newcastle, who has spent 40 years fundraising for the Women's Cancer Detection Centre in Gateshead.

Others to be honoured with the MBE include: Beatrice Brown, services to the community in Newcastle; Dr William Hall, of South Tyneside, for services to healthcare; Mary Johnson, of Whitley Bay, for work with the Pension Service; June Joyce JP, of Dunston, for services to local government and the community; William Moore, of Newcastle, for work with the Department of Trade & Industry; Atholl Swanston, for services to transport as a station supervisor at Alnmouth Station; Christine O'Toole, for services to Bensham Grove Community Centre; Kathryn Smith, of Killingworth, for services to the community; Anne Steele for services to the community in Benwell, Newcastle; Philip Stevens, for services to regeneration; Arthur Maughan for services to the community in Lanchester; Gillian Irvine, chairman of the Wansbeck Music Festival, for services to music; Derek Brown, of Morpeth, for services to young people; Terence Fiddes, of Alnwick, for services to HM Revenue & Customs; Janet Leonard, of Morpeth, for work with the Child Support Agency and Janet Murphy, of Blyth, for services to the disadvantaged.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 16, 2007
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