New Year’s Honours: Brave, hardworking Britons big winners in Queen’s list

More than 1,100 people have been recognised in the New Year Honours list.

The majority of recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities.

They include gongs for 43 police officers, emergency crew members and medics who helped save lives during the blood-soaked terror attacks in the summer of 2017.

The list sees the traditional selection of recipients from the worlds of politics, sport business, and showbiz, together with civilians contributing to charities and communities. But Whitehall sources made clear that this year’s list was paying special tribute to those who helped in the aftermath of the London and Manchester terror attacks.

Thirty-five people were killed when Islamic State fanatics launched attacks at Westminster, London Bridge and Manchester Arena.

During the same bloody spell, racist Darren Osborne murdered Makram Ali, 51, in a van rampage outside Finsbury Park mosque in north London.

The honours committee made sure those who helped deal with the aftermath were considered for honours by Prime Minister Theresa May and the Queen. One source said they wanted “recognition of some of the extraordinary responses to some of the significant and traumatic events of 2017”.

Five people, including PC Keith Palmer, were murdered during Khalid Masood’s car and knife rampage near Parliament in March. Peter Boorman, NHS England’s London lead for emergency preparedness, resilience and response, received an OBE.

He also helped deal with the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the Wannacry cyber attack on the NHS and the Croydon tram crash in 2016.

NHS England chairman Lord Prior said: “These are remarkable people doing extraordinary things for their fellow citizens.”

Finsbury Park Imam Mohammed Mahmoud, who rescued Osborne from the furious crowd who survived his murderous attack, was given an OBE.

Hertfordshire firefighters Wayne Ansell, Simon Best, Daniel Cooper, Ricky Davis, Christopher Meadows, Radoslaw Przemyslaw Pejka and Simon Waddingham were awarded Queen’s Gallantry Medals. Also on the list are:

Sophie Okonedo – Actress, credits include Hotel Rwanda and Undercover

Honour: CBE for services to drama.

Geva Mentor – England netball player, Commonwealth games gold medal winner

Honour: CBE for services to netball.

Thandie Newton – Actress, credits include Crash, Westworld and Line of Duty

Honour: OBE for services to film and charity.

Pop singer and vocal coach David Grant was also appointed an MBE. He tweeted: ‘Rather than seeing it as a reward I see it as a great half time team talk. Making me want to do more, enable more, create more and inspire the creativity in others more.

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Photo Credit: Humberside Police Band

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