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Local people named on Queen's birthday honours list

Dr Diana Owen. Photo: Mark Williamson.
Dr Diana Owen. Photo: Mark Williamson.

Dr Diana Owen and Kazuo Ishiguro are among five local recipients of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Nobel prizewinning novelist Ishiguro, who lives near Chipping Campden, has been awarded a knighthood for services to literature.

He said he was “deeply touched to receive this honor from the nation that welcomed me as a small foreign boy.”

The former director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Dr Diana Owen, who left the trust after ten years last year, gets an OBE.

She still lives in Stratford-upon-Avon and now works as Director-General of the Royal Over-Seas League. Previously she worked for the National Trust.

Kazuo Ishiguro
Kazuo Ishiguro

"Throughout my career it has been a real privilege to work with fantastic colleagues and teams who do so much to conserve and develop our heritage and culture," said Dr Owen.

"This award is as much for their efforts as for mine and I hope they will share my pleasure in it.”

Honoured with a British Empire Medal were John Metcalfe, from Mickleton, for services to the village; and Cathleen Anne Milwood, of Welford-on-Avon, for services to Stratford-upon-Avon.

Professor Rosemary Davis, from Moreton-in-Marsh, who is Professor Emeritus at University College London, is made CBE for services to education.

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