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Honours tribute to 7 July workers
Bus bombed in Tavistock Square
Downing Street praised the response to the terror attacks
Emergency teams and transport workers who helped victims of the 7 July bomb attacks in London dominate this year's Queen's New Year Honours list.

The 23 men and women were rewarded for their "immense strength of spirit and courage", Downing Street said.

Singer Tom Jones and jazz musician John Dankworth receive knighthoods, while TV host Bruce Forsyth is made a CBE.

England's victorious Ashes squad and other figures from sport, music and fashion have also been honoured.

The cricketers are made OBEs and MBEs, and the team behind the London 2012 Olympic bid receive various honours.

Other famous names on the list include fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, who is made a dame, the chefs Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal, who are both appointed OBEs, and broadcaster Peter Snow, who is made a CBE.

Actors Robbie Coltrane and Imelda Staunton become OBEs, as does the writer Jeanette Winterson.

Apple iPod designer Jonathan Ive becomes a CBE.

First aid

The response of ordinary people caught up in the 7 July attacks, in which 52 people were killed, as well as the four suicide bombers, sees them head the honours.

Michael Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff
I'm really pleased that all the players have been honoured in this way
Michael Vaughan

There are 23 awards in all for those who took part in the rescue operation, including police and NHS bosses, a Tube station worker, a Tube driver and a paramedic.

Russell Square Tube station supervisor David Boyce, who ran into the tunnel to provide first aid to victims of the bombing, is made an MBE.

Paramedic William Kilminster, who helped those trapped in the tunnel between Russell Square and King's Cross, and Pc Deborah Russell-Fenwick, who helped victims of the Tavistock Place bus attack, also become MBEs.

Off-duty Tube driver John Boyle, who entered Aldgate Tube station to rescue victims, is also appointed an MBE.

"I couldn't believe it when I heard. I was just doing my job," he said.

"I would do the same thing tomorrow if I had to. I feel pleased to be honoured, but all the staff were heroes that day."

Other police, transport and NHS managers workers were also honoured.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Peter Clarke, head of Scotland Yard's Anti-Terrorist Branch who led the investigation into the attacks, is made an OBE.

He said it was a recognition of the "dedication, professionalism and extreme hard work by many colleagues".

Julie Dent, chief executive of South West London Strategic Health Authority, was made a CBE for leading the team that co-ordinated the health service's response.

London Underground managing director Tim O'Toole, 49, was made an honorary CBE for leading the Tube management's response to the attacks.

Salvation Army

Alan Dell, 45, is also appointed an MBE for his role in running the control room at London Buses.

Also made OBEs were Major Muriel McClenahan, of the Salvation Army, for co-ordinating support from faith and voluntary sectors, and Roy Bishop, Deputy Commissioner of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.

Following his team's summer Ashes victory over Australia, England cricket captain Michael Vaughan is made an OBE, as are coach Duncan Fletcher and chairman of selectors David Graveney. The rest of the squad are made MBEs.

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Vaughan said: "I'm really pleased that all the players have been honoured in this way. It's something we can all take great pride in."

Sebastian Coe, who headed the team which secured the 2012 Olympics for London and is already a peer, is made a knight commander, meaning he will now be known as Lord Coe KBE.

Of the others who helped bring the games to the UK, a further two are made knights, two CBEs, three OBEs and six MBEs.


After being told he was being made a CBE, Strictly Come Dancing presenter Bruce Forsyth said he was "over the moon".

Bruce Forsyth celebrates his CBE with wife Wilnelia
Bruce Forsyth celebrates his CBE with wife Wilnelia

He said: "I will be Strictly Come quick-stepping with delight with my wife tonight, and if she won't dance with me then I'll dance with my Alsatian dog."

Among members of the public honoured is Brian Tipper, 65, who recently retired after 25 years in charge of Big Ben. He is made an MBE.

Four Britons who spent the past year helping victims of the South Asian tsunami also become MBEs for their continued work in the region.

Businessman Derek Douglas, who built up the Maggie's Centre cancer charity following the death of his wife, is made a CBE.

And David Hart, the former general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said he was "amazed and thrilled" to have been knighted for his services to education.

See some of those honoured speak about their awards


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