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Fresh honours for animation pair
Peter Lord (left) and David Sproxton
Peter Lord and David Sproxton met at school in the 70s
Among the West country honours to celebrate the Queen's 80th birthday are two founders of award-winning Aardman Animations, based in Bristol.

Peter Lord and David Sproxton both become CBEs.

In Wiltshire, 89-year-old Mary Case from Salisbury becomes an MBE for services to the funeral profession.

John Denzil, 81, of Somerset, becomes an MBE for long-standing service as a guide in Bath and Julie Ann Stokes from Sandhurst, Gloucs, becomes an OBE.

Ms Stokes established the charity Winston's Wish, a grief support programme for children, in 1993.

The charity supports children and their families or carers and offers a national voice for bereaved children.

Animation techniques

Peter Lord is the chairman and an MD of Aardman, which he co-founded with long-time collaborator David Sproxton in 1972.

The pair met at school in the early 1970s, where they started experimenting with animation techniques on a kitchen table.

Mr Sproxton said: "It is something I would never have expected so it was a real surprise."

He has conducted 2,000 walking tours and guided approximately 30,000 people around the sights
John Denzil's citation
Ms Case was a partner in her father's firm of funeral directors and became senior partner on his death.

Despite her age she is still actively involved in the day-to-day running of the company.

In 1985 she was largely responsible for the formation of the Salisbury College of Funeral Sciences.

Mr Denzil is said to be one of the most active and by far the longest-serving of Bath's guides.

His citation said: "At a conservative estimate he has conducted 2,000 walking tours (a total of 4,000 hours) and guided approximately 30,000 people around the sights."

Meanwhile, Bristol-based conservationist Ian Redmond, chair of the Ape Alliance and co-founder of Elefriends and the UK Rhino Group, becomes an OBE.

The 52-year-old has led documentary film crews on visits around the world and has written many books and magazine articles on conservation.

Doreen Roberts, 72, from Long Sutton near Langport in Somerset becomes an MBE. The great grandmother has fostered 250 children.

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