YEP says: Birthday honours for ordinary folk mean so much

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Ms Smyth, who is being recognised for her services to the community through her roles with charities and scientific organisations, says the rise in the number of women receiving the highest honours reflects a growing appreciation of the role they play in society.

"When I joined the bench in 1989 there were enough courthouses that we could truly talk about "local" justice: Thornbury, Yate, Gloucester, Stroud, Cirencester, Tewkesbury, Wells, Frome, Bridgewater to name just some of the local ones - all now gone".

Following a wave of terror attacks which struck the United Kingdom in 2017, former assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Mark Rowley, who led the national response, is honoured with a knighthood. I offer my honest congratulations to these recipients on their worthy honours.

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He was made an OBE in 2007 for his work. I also welcome the Knighthood for Jim Ratcliffe, chair and chief executive of Ineos Chemical Group, who has built a business empire which contributes so much to the Scottish economy.

"I like to think this award honours that, and the importance of literature and creativity in the classroom".

Holocaust survivor Ber Helfgott, also known as Ben, is knighted for services to Holocaust remembrance and education, one of almost three-quarters of those on the honours list deemed to have undertaken outstanding work in or for their local community.

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A former policeman in South Wales, he went to work in Bosnia to help bring people to trial for war crimes committed during the conflicts there in the 1990s.

Paralympian Kurt Fearnley and author Kate Grenville are among the 1007 Australians on this year's Queen's Birthday Honours List.

In total, 1,057 people have received an award with 10% of the successful candidates come from a BAME background.

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