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Flintoff and Street star honoured
Roy Barraclough celebrates being made an MBE
Roy Barraclough has been in show business for 45 years
Cricketer Andrew Flintoff and former Coronation Street star Roy Barraclough lead the North West's New Year Honours.

Flintoff, from Preston, is made an MBE, along with fellow England players, for their Ashes victory over Australia.

Barraclough, 70, who played scheming Alec Gilroy in Coronation Street, becomes an MBE for his work in drama and charities in the Manchester area.

Merseyside's chief fire officer Anthony McGuirk receives the Queen's Fire Service Medal.

Flintoff, who was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year, said: "When you start playing cricket you do it for the enjoyment and if you progress you hope to play for England one day.

Andrew Flintoff
Andrew Flintoff was England's hero during the Ashes

"But to win the Ashes and then get an MBE for doing it is something else entirely."

Barraclough, who was also born in Preston but now lives in Ashton-under-Lyne, said he was "a bit stunned" to be mentioned in the honours list.

He added: "I am thrilled of course - it is totally unexpected but it has come in a marvellous year for me, celebrating 45 years in show business and celebrating my 70th birthday.

"It really rounds off a good year. I am delighted."

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He spent 12 years as a draughtsman in a Preston engineering factory while he acted in amateur dramatic groups before becoming a holiday camp redcoat on the Isle of Wight.

He played alongside Les Dawson in the drag double act Cissie and Ada before becoming a regular on Coronation Street.

Elsewhere in the North West, the director of Age Concern Gordon Lishman, from Burnley, and the leader of Lancashire County Council Hazel Harding have become CBEs.

William Pitt, who heads the Manchester City Council team tackling anti-social behaviour, is made an MBE.


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