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Royal recognition for 30 of our finest; Recipients range from art expert to magistrate.

Byline: SARAH CHAPMAN and KIRSTI ADAIR ADDITIONAL reporting by Sam Lister and Clare Usher

MORE than 30 people from across the region have been recognised in today's New Year's Honours List. Services to the community, sport, the creative sector and the professions have been rewarded.

A TV art expert, a hospice volunteer, a school bursar, a magistrate and a great grandmother are among those to be honoured for their work in Merseyside, Cheshire and West Lancashire.

Comic actor Hugh Lloyd, 81, said he was ``thrilled and delighted'' to be awarded an MBE for services to drama and charity.

Born in Chester, he had a long partnership with Terry Scott in TV's Hugh & I, and acted alongside Tony Hancock in a classic episode of Hancock's Half Hour.

He has also guest-starred in shows such as You Rang M'Lord, Heartbeat, My Family, Foyle's War, Doctor Who and Z Cars.

Philip Mould, 44, of Parkgate, Wirral, has devoted 15 years to recovering lost portraits of politicians and receives an OBE.

He has advised Parliament on its art collection and the rare paintings he has uncovered are now on display at Westminster.

The owner of London's Historical Portrait gallery, he has recently become a regular fixture on the Antiques Road Show.

Mr Mould said: ``I am delighted to receive this honour. The Palace of Westminster has the potential to be an outstanding museum of the history of modern democracy. Its art is crucial to this. ''

A former Kingsmead School pupil, he used to buy and sell Georgian teaspoons in Liverpool and Chester.

Hugo Swire MP, shadow minister for the arts, said: ``Mr Mould's expertise has had a transformative effect on the quality and range of the Palace's collections and this is richly deserved. ''

Celia Elizabeth Jordan was awarded an MBE for services to the community in Warrington.

She said: ``I'm thrilled to bits now it is confirmed. I got the letter in November but we were sworn to secrecy so I only told my son. ''

Mrs Jordan has been praised for her volunteering work since she stopped teaching five years ago and a political career spanning almost two decades.

``I'm chair of the management team at St Rocco's hospice in Warrington, where terminally ill people are cared for.

``I became aware of their work after my husband was looked after there and there is such a loving and warm atmosphere, not just for the patient but the family and friends, and I wanted to help with that.

``For many years, I have also been involved in politics, as a Liberal Democrat councillor. I'm passionate about education issues. ''

The 71-year-old, originally from Woolton in Liverpool, taught humanities and English in Warrington, Trafford and Oldham, before returning to Warrington.

In Wirral, school bursar Ann Barr, 61, from The Mosslands School, Wallasey, is awarded the MBE for services to education over 21 years.

Mrs Barr, a mother-of-two and law graduate, said: ``I was astonished to get this award but am absolutely delighted.

``I have been involved in one long period of change in the management of the school in a time which has seen it become a technology college.

``However, there are so many people committed to providing the best for our pupils and I do feel this honour is for the whole school community. ''

Gordon Fair, head teacher atMosslands, said: ``We are all very proud of her and this is a fantastic achievement. ''

Huyton magistrate John Sedgwick has been awarded the MBE for more than 30 years' service to his community.

Apart from his judicial duties, the 64-year-old former school governor has been involved with a number of regeneration committees. He said: ``I'm absolutely delighted to have been given the award. There are many people like myself who try to help their communities who don't receive recognition, so I think I'm very lucky. ''

Great-grandmother Nancy Flanagan, who has been fighting for the people of Vauxhall, Liverpool, since the 1940s, receives an MBE. The 75-year-old's work includes setting up play schemes to keep youngsters off the street and improving facilities.

The mother-of-five, who also has 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, said: ``I'm honoured and very pleased.

``I've lived in Vauxhall all my life and everything I've done is driven by my hatred of unfairness. ''

Paul Dodd, deputy head teacher of Gilmour Junior School in Garston, Liverpool, receives an MBE for services to education and the community.

Mary Dowding, from Skelmersdale, founder and trustee of the charity Midstream, is awarded an MBE for services to disabled people.

Ormskirk magistrate Gail Simpson Stanley receives an MBE for services to the community. Robert Dunne, the secretary of transport company Arriva North West and Wales' social society has been given the MBE for services to passenger transport.

Patricia Helsby, HM Customs and Excise senior operations manager in Liverpool, is awarded an MBE along with Robert Hepworth, director of urban regeneration and housing at St Helens Council.

PATRICIA Mary Stevenson Jenkins, head of widening participation at the University of Liverpool, is awarded an MBE while Dr Shyamal Kumar Mukherjee, board member of Birkenhead and Wallasey Primary Care Trust, is similarly recognised for services to healthcare.

Other MBE recipients include Evan Morris, public relations officer for Cheshire Fire Service, and George McGarvey, senior executive officer of the Health and Safety Executive.

Liverpool's Harry Wallace is awarded an MBE for his work with Catholic development agency Cafod and Stephen Roberts, from Wirral, is recognised for his work with the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme and the community.

Great Britain Rugby League captain Andrew Farrell receives an OBE. The 29-year-old Wigan Warriors and international for-ward said: ``I am very chuffed. I have a lot of thank-yous to make to all my team-mates, coaches and family for their help and support. ''

Farrell joined the Warriors aged only 16 and has stayed with the club throughout his career.

Other local OBE recipients are Wirral-based George Alcock, honorary consul for the Philippines; Shirley Davies, of the Inland Revenue and Ceinwen Lloyd of Southport's register office.

Deputy chairman of the Environment Agency Professor Donald Ritchie, emeritus professor of Genetics, Liverpool University, receives a CBE.

Merseyside police constable Anne Roberts, who works in the traffic department as a family liaison officer with accident victims' families, has been awarded the Queen's Police Medal. She said: ``It is satisfying, but difficult work and I'm pleased to have been given the medal. ''

Wirral-born Stephen Roberts, deputy assistant commissioner for the Metropolitan Police, has also been awarded the Queen's Police Medal.

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Double Olympic Gold athlete Kelly Holmes has been made a Dame; Matthew Pinsent; School bursar Ann Barr has been awarded the MBE with a CBE going to veteran comic Eric Sykes; Celia Jordan has been awarded an MBE
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