New Year honours for Plymouth's finest
PARALYMPICS gold medallist Jonathan Fox and showbiz veteran Angela Collins head a list of Plymothians recognised in the New Year's Honours.
"I am really, really chuffed," Jonathan Fox said last night. The Plymouth-born 21-year-old is made an MBE for services to swimming.
Jonathan was the first GB athlete to win gold in the Aquatics Centre at the London Games, winning the 100m backstroke S7 class.
He broke the 100m backstroke short-course world record in the National Championships last month, and was guest of honour at this year's Herald Sports Personality of the Year Awards.
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Jonathan, who is based in Manchester, said he was focused on adding the 400m backstroke gold medal to the 100m at next year's World Championships.
Jonathan was born in Plymouth and his family moved to St Stephen in mid-Cornwall when he was two. He still has family in Plymouth.
His father Eric said: "We are delighted. I hope it shows other swimmers what can be achieved through hard work and dedication. It has been a wonderful year and this caps the whole year off."
Angela O'Brien, chair of the City of Plymouth Theatre Company. MBE for services to drama in the South West.
Angela – whose stage name is Collins – is best known for the Music of the Night spectacles. She was choreographer of the first show 20 years ago, and then its director and choreographer up to this year's final show.
Music of the Night has raised more than £600,000 for local and military charities over the years.
She is chair of the City of Plymouth Theatre Company which she joined when she was 15. She helped to set up Devonport Playhouse.
Angela, who says she is "in my 70s", came from a theatrical family and first took to a stage at the age of three.
She married Derek, a Ministry of Defence draughtsman, in 1957. They have two sons and a daughter, seven grandsons and one granddaughter.
"I think Derek is delighted with my MBE," she said.
Julian Crow, 61, First Great Western's regional manager, west. MBE, for services to the rail industry.
He was first told of his honour about four weeks ago, at roughly the same time as floods hit rail services in the South West.
"This comes as a complete surprise at a time when our thoughts were focused on keeping the show on the road," he said last night.
"This honour is more than half my wife's, for all the support she gives me.
"The honour is a lovely thing to happen towards the end of a long career in the rail industry."
First Great Western director of communications Sue Evans said: "Julian's quiet resolve has secured improvements that have been of benefit to many local communities across the West of England, and we are really chuffed that he has been recognised in this way."
Monika Kinley, OBE, for services to the visual arts.
Monika was born in Berlin in the 1920s and her family fled ahead of the Nazis, arriving in Britain as refugees in 1939 when she was "12 or 13".
She said: "I am pleased. It's nice to be recognised, although I've never wanted to be part of the Establishment. I'm a bit of a rebel.
"It's very nice for my family, and I'm pleased to have left something behind."
Monika became an influential figure in post-war contemporary art in the UK.
She moved to Plymouth in 2005 to be closer to her son Peter and his two daughters.
"A Life In Art, Monika Kinley" at Plymouth Arts Centre last year was a retrospective devoted to her.
She and her partner Victor Musgrave created a permanent collection of "Outsider" art, which now has a permanent home at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester
Alan Smith, chairman and managing director of Plymouth-based company Pipex, MBE, for services to the manufacturing industry.
He started Pipex 36 years ago as a one man band working from a small office in Westerham, Kent.
The company has progressed from this modest base to employing a workforce of 130, with a range of products, technical services, and bespoke systems.
Lorraine Anne Tucker. British Empire Medal for voluntary service to the City of Plymouth Children Fund and to the community in Devon.
Plymouth-born Lorraine Tucker gives up her evenings, weekends and holidays to help disadvantaged children as holiday leader with the City of Plymouth Children Fund.
Now 47, she started as a volunteer in 1982.
Lorraine, who lives in Torbay, said: "I feel a little overwhelmed at this award." She will be at Tesco in Roborough tomorrow collecting money towards this year's holiday.
Irene Alice Wills. British Empire Medal for services to the Pisces Swimming Club and to the community in Plymouth.
Devonport-born Irene Wills, 62 took a small group of disabled swimmers and turned them into a thriving club with 150 members.
Irene, from Beacon Park, said of her award: "It hasn't sunk in yet.
"You don't do things to be recognised, but it's nice and is good publicity for the club."
Barbara Snowling from Crafthole, near Torpoint, Cornwall. British Empire Medal for services to the community.
Barbara, 74, a former PE and social education teacher at Liskeard Community College, started Keep Fit Gently classes in the village hall 30 years ago to encourage older people to remain mobile.
She still runs the village badminton and table-tennis clubs, and works with stroke patients.
She said she was thrilled to receive the honour, but simply enjoyed all her voluntary work.
Others honoured include:
David Rees, from Plymouth. Operational analyst at CORDA Consulting, MBE for services to defence capability.
Kevin Penhale. Customs Officer, from Liskeard. MBE, for services to border protection.
Carleen Tina Kelemen, from South Brent in Devon, OBE for services to social justice and economic inclusion.
Colin Rockey, group manager, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service: Queen's Fire Service Medal.
CORNISH sailor Ben Ainslie receives a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours after becoming the most successful Olympic sailor with his fourth gold.
The 35-year-old grew up Restronguet, near Falmouth.
Cycling star Bradley Wiggins is also knighted after winning the Tour de France and a fourth Olympic gold medal.
All 2012 gold medallists are honoured, although seven who previously received honours are not given further recognition.
A woman whose husband died in the Penlee lifeboat disaster of 1981, is honoured for her tireless efforts on behalf of lifeboat crews. Janet Madron, from Mousehole in Cornwall, receives the British Empire Medal.
The list includes a knighthood for illustrator Quentin Blake and CBEs for Arlene Phillips, the choreographer and former Strictly Come Dancing judge, singer/songwriter Kate Bush, and artist Tracey Emin.
Actor Ewan McGregor and fashion designer Stella McCartney get OBEs, and former England cricketer Mark Ramprakash is made an MBE. Tony Blair’s wife Cherie is made a CBE.
Professor Peter Higgs, who first proposed the existence of the Higgs boson, is made Companion of Honour.