7/7 rescue workers honoured in New Year list

 

Police, transport and ambulance workers who aided the victims of the July 7th bomb attacks on London underground trains and a bus featured in Queen Elizabeth's New Year's Honours List, alongside singing legends like Tom Jones.

The annual list confers symbolic, traditional awards on almost 1,000 Britons from sporting heroes and celebrities to little-known civil servants.

England's Ashes victors were honoured with captain Michael Vaughan and coach Duncan Fletcher named Officers of the Order of the British Empire (OBEs). Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), as were the rest of his team mates.

The team that brought the 2012 Olympics to London was also honoured, with a knighthood for bid leader and former track star Lord Coe, who was made Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE).

From the world of music and entertainment, veteran television presenter Bruce Forsyth was made a CBE while Welsh singer Jones, 65, was awarded a knighthood to become Sir Tom.

Actors Robbie Coltrane and Imelda Staunton were made OBEs. Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, known for his fiery temper and expletives in the kitchen, received an OBE.

Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood - famed for inspiring modern punk and new wave fashions - was made a Dame and Jonathan Ive, the designer of Apple's iPod music player, was given a CBE.

PA