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Saturday, 15 June, 2002, 12:27 GMT 13:27 UK
Football hero heads Jubilee honours
The man who masterminded English football's best World Cup performance since 1966 leads the Queen's Jubilee birthday honours list.

Bobby Robson - who took his team to the 1990 semi-finals in Italy - is knighted. The same award is bestowed on veteran Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger.

Many people outside the public eye have also been honoured - from lollipop ladies to bagpipe teachers - as well as a host of figures from the worlds of art, business, entertainment, politics, the media, public services and sport.

Other honours
Opera director Jonathan Miller (knighthood)
Theatre producer Trevor Nunn (knighthood)
Journalist Max Hastings (knighted)
Former RUC chief Sir Ronnie Flanagan (GBE)
Author Sebastian Faulks (CBE)
Actor David Suchet (OBE)
Playwright Harold Pinter has been recognised with the rare Companion of Honour, which is held by only 65 people at any time.

Other awards include an OBE to drag artiste Danny La Rue (OBE), a CBE to former BBC Radio 4 Today programme presenter Sue MacGregor and an MBE for this year's London Marathon winner Paula Radcliffe.

The honours - selected by the Queen on the advice of Prime Minister Tony Blair - as usual provide scope for controversy, this time with the award of a knighthood for "curry king" businessman and Labour Party donor Gulam Noon.

And a CBE goes to Brian Cass, the managing director of Huntington Life Sciences, which has attracted fierce opposition for its experiments on animals.

Downing Street moved early to head off any criticism, stressing the choice had been vetted by a cross-party panel from the House of Lords.

Sir Bobby 'delighted'

But the knighthood for one of the most respected men in football - announced on the day England take on Denmark in the World Cup - is sure to be met with universal acclaim.

Sir Bobby, 69, who now manages Premiership team Newcastle United, said: "I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to receive this honour from Her Majesty the Queen in her Golden Jubilee year.

Paula Radcliffe
Radcliffe: Victorious in this year's London Marathon

"This is a recognition not only of my career, but of the wonderful people in the world of football with whom I have worked for more than 50 years."

Mick Jagger - or Michael Philip Jagger, singer and songwriter, as he is on the list - is knighted for "services to popular music".

Speaking of the moment he heard about the award the rocker said: "You think 'this is great' and then are very surprised, thinking 'why is this?' But I'm very happy - delighted."

Sir Mick, 58, also revealed that as news spread amongst family and friends he had been subjected to merciless teasing, including people waving plastic swords at him.

Marathon year

The companion of honour award for Harold Pinter, one of Britain's greatest post-war playwrights, comes despite his turning down a knighthood when John Major was prime minister, although the 71-year-old is already a CBE.

Danny La Rue's OBE has been awarded for charitable services after he raised many thousands of pounds for the battle against Aids.

Sue MacGregor's CBE follows her retirement in February from 18 years as a presenter on the BBC's flagship morning radio programme.

The MBE for Paula Radcliffe caps an incredible year for the 28-year-old after she produced in London what many believe was the greatest marathon performance in history.

Other honours
Artist Peter Blake (knighthood)
Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan (KBE)
Author Ian Rankin (OBE)
DJ Norman Jay (MBE)
Gold medal-winning curling team (MBEs)
Rugby union star Jason Leonard (MBE)

There were honours too for those extraordinary men and women whose service to others has earned them a special commendation.

Among them was lollipop lady June Hartshorn, 66, who has given 30 years of her life to helping children across the road in Wolverhampton.

Mrs Hartshorn, who received an MBE, said she loves her job.

"The weather never puts me off," she said.

Scot Robert Shepherd was delighted to receive an MBE for his services to bagpipe music and teaching.

The 64-year-old lives near Kirkcaldy, Fife and has travelled the globe to instruct new pipers and judge music competitions.

He first started teaching in the 1960s.

Sir Ronnie Flanagan
Sir Ronnie Flanagan retired as head of the RUC in March

He said he was completely surprised, delighted and proud to be among the Birthday Honours recipients.

A head teacher who has devoted his skills to rescuing failing schools and who pioneered methods of teaching dyslexic children received a knighthood for his services to education.

Sir Robert Dowling, head of George Dixon International School and Sixth Form College in Birmingham, said he felt "humbled" by the award.

Top tier

It was a sign that teachers were at last beginning to be valued by society, he added.

The 59-year-old grandfather, who was born in Ireland, founded Selly Oak Special School in Birmingham 12 years ago - it became the biggest of its kind in Europe and a leading centre for teaching dyslexic children.

It is now a "beacon" school, the top tier in government ratings.

William Ian Morris, from Kilkeel, Northern Ireland received an MBE for his services to the Fishing Industry.

And Helen Keat, a housing initiatives manager, with Portsmouth City Council receives an MBE for continued services to homeless people.

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