Local names on New Year Honours List

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Tim Pigott-Smith, Nick Skelton, Megan Giglia and Matt Gotrel are all included on the New Year Honours List 2017.

TWO Olympians, a Paralympian, an acclaimed actor and charity volunteer are among the local names on the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Show jumper Nick Skelton from Alcester is made CBE and Stratford born actor Tim Pigott-Smith, whose dad is a former editor of the Stratford-upon-Avon Herald, is made OBE.

Rower Matt Gotrel from Chipping Campden and Paralympic cyclist Megan Giglia from Stratford are made MBE.

Also honoured is Marilyn Payne from Tredington near Shipston-on-Stour who is made a MBE for services to charity Save the Children.

Awarded British Empire Medals (BEM) are John Anderson for services to Burton Dassett and Northend, Marion Austin for services to Norton Lindsey, Wolverton and Langley, and Sheila Onions for services to Fillongley.

BEM’s also go to Geoffrey Thorpe, Paul Winchester and Jillian Baker for voluntary service to the community in Harbury, and Jean Singleton for services to charitable fundraising and the community in Leek Wootton.

Robin Christopherson, from Warwick, is made MBE for services to digital inclusion as head of digital inclusion for the charity AbilityNet. Robin himself is completely blind.

In total 1,197 people have received an award: 1,047 at BEM, MBE and OBE level, 322 atBEM, 503 at MBE and 222 at OBE.

Read local recipients’ reactions to their honours in next week’s Stratford-upon-Avon Herald.