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Gerrard and Hatton head honours
Steven Gerrard
Gerrard said he had loved the game all his life
Football star Steven Gerrard, boxer Ricky Hatton and TV actor Johnny Briggs lead the North West roll call in the New Year Honours list.

Briggs, 71, from Salford, who played the part of businessman Mike Baldwin in the TV soap Coronation Street has been made a CBE for services to acting.

Manchester boxer Ricky Hatton has become an MBE for services to sport.

England midfielder and Liverpool footballer Steven Gerrard has been made a CBE for his services to sport.

I have never met the Queen and to be honest there will be a few sweaty palms that day
Ricky Hatton MBE

Gerrard said he was thrilled and honoured to receive the award for "for playing a game I've loved all my life".

"I'd like to accept this on behalf of all those people who have been so supportive to me throughout my career, all my team-mates over the years, everyone at Liverpool Football Club, everyone at Team England," he said.

Mancunian Hatton turned professional in 1997 when he was 18-years-old after a match at Kingsway Leisure Centre in Widnes, Cheshire.

This year Hatton stepped up to welterweight and said the MBE award was a great surprise.

Ricky Hatton
Hatton believes it is important to support local charities

"When I first laced on the gloves I never thought I would become a world champion, let alone receive an MBE from the Queen," he said.

"I am proud of the fact I have been awarded the MBE for services to sport because as far as I am concerned it is just as important to be a world champion outside the ring, supporting local projects and charities, as it is inside the ring.

"I have never met the Queen and to be honest there will be a few sweaty palms that day."

CBE, MBE and OBE medals
The awards are made on merit for exceptional achievement or service

Johnny Briggs has recently retired from Coronation Street after spending 30 years with the show.

In May he won the British Soap Award for Lifetime Achievement and said the hectic filming schedule was the main reason for his departure from Coronation Street.

Others recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list include Ms Kathryn Kane, a constable for Merseyside Police, who is appointed an OBE.

Chief Constable Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "Kath is a great police woman who is dedicated and caring and is a positive role model for other women in the force."


Full Honours List for Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester

ORDER OF THE BATHCB

  • Maurice John Smith. Formerly HM chief inspector of Schools, Office for Standards in Education, Department for Education and Skills

    ROYAL VICTORIAN ORDERKCVO

  • Alan William Waterworth. Formerly Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside

    DBE

  • Josephine Williams, CBE. Chief executive, Mencap. For services to People with Learning Disabilities

  • Professor Joan Margaret Higgins. Chair, Christie Hospital NHS Trust, Manchester. For services to Healthcare

    CBE

  • Professor Michael Henry Parkinson. Director, European Institute for Urban Affairs, Liverpool John Moores University. For services to Urban Regeneration

  • The Right Reverend Alan Chesters. Formerly Chair, North West Rural Affairs Forum. For services to the community in the North West

  • Dr Neil Goodwin. Chief executive, former Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority. For services to the NHS

  • Peter William Mount. Chair, NHS Confederation and Chair, Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust. For services to the NHS

  • Barry Dixon, QFSM. Chief Fire Officer, Greater Manchester County Fire Service. For services to the Fire and Rescue Service

  • Dr Neil Goodwin. Chief executive, former Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority. For services to the NHS

  • Carole Hudson. Chief executive, St. Helen's Metropolitan Borough Council. For services to local government

  • Peter William Mount. Chair, NHS Confederation and Chair, Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust. For services to the NHS

  • Professor John Douglas Perkins. Vice-president and Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Manchester. For services to science and engineering

  • John Christensen Willis, DL. Formerly chief executive, Salford City Council. For services to local government

    OBE

  • Brian Allan. Formerly director, Foundation Degree Development, University of Salford. For services to Higher Education.

  • Nicolas Milne Brown. Principal, Oldham Sixth Form College. For services to further education

  • Sandra Brusby. Chief executive, Business Link Cheshire and Warrington. For services to business

  • Rodney William Dickinson. Business Development director, FirstGroup plc. For services to public transport

  • Dennis Gordon Pepler. Technical Inspector, HM Revenue and Customs

  • Peter Charles Styche. Formerly director, Special Planning and Housing, Government Office for the North West, Department for Communities and Local Government

  • Dr Ashour Omar Gebreel. Special Co-ordinator, Complex Emergencies, World Health Organisation. For services to healthcare overseas

  • James Harry Gill. Chief executive, Liverpool Vision. For services to regeneration

  • Patricia Ann Johnson. Formerly Head teacher, Hopwood Primary School, Rochdale. For services to education

  • Kathryn Kane. Constable, Merseyside Police. For services to the police

  • Councillor Mohammed Khan. Member, Blackburn with Darwen Metropolitan Borough Council. For services to local government

  • Pamela Joan Lee. Pathfinder manager, Jobcentre Plus, Department for Work and Pensions

  • Steven Norman Sumner. National Health and Safety Policy Adviser, Local Government Employers. For services to local government

  • Mohammed Tufail. Director, North Staffordshire Racial Equality Council. For services to community relations

    MBE

  • Douglas Gordon Broadbent. Fundraiser, British Cardiac Patients' Association. For charitable services

  • Johnny Briggs. Actor. For services to drama

  • Trevor George Burchick. For services to the community in Greater Manchester

  • Roy Malcolm Dudley-Southern. Team Leader and Strategic Planning manager, Greater Manchester Primary Care Trusts Collaborative Commissioning Team. For services to the NHS

  • Richard John Hatton. Boxer. For services to sport

  • James William Ian Macdonald, JP. For services to the Administration of Justice in Salford

  • Anthony Mooney. Formerly Administrative Officer, Jobcentre Plus, Department for Work and Pensions

  • John Keith Mortin. Formerly manager, HM Prison Manchester, HM Prison Service

  • Christine Mullen. Associate director, Workforce Strategy NHS North West. For services to the NHS

  • Capt Ronald Pritchard. Formerly Regional Welfare Officer, Combat Stress. For services to ex-servicemen and women

  • Anthony Noel Spencer. Chair, North West Housing Forum. For services to social housing

  • Brian James Buck. Court Security Officer, Vale Royal Magistrates' Court, Department for Constitutional Affairs

  • Andrew Joseph Carman. For services to disabled people in Warrington

  • Roy Malcolm Dudley-Southern. Team Leader and Strategic Planning manager, Greater Manchester Primary Care Trusts Collaborative Commissioning Team. For services to the NHS

  • Ruth Durrell. Administrator, Research Methods Programme, Economic and Social Research Council. For services to social science

  • Jerome Roy Evans. Manager, HM Young Offenders' Institution Thorn Cross, Warrington

  • Evelyn Mary Gittens. Formerly School Crossing Warden, Halton Borough Council. For services to education

  • Anthony Maurice McDermott. Leader, Halton Borough Council. For services to local government in Cheshire

  • John Keith Mortin. Formerly manager, HM Prison Manchester, HM Prison Service

  • Keith Stuart Osborn. Formerly chief Scientist, United Utilities plc. For services to business and to public health

  • Mrs Jean Ellen Outhwaite. For services to the Cub Scouts in Lancashire and Cheshire

  • Robert Michael Brooks. Administration manager, Preston Crown Court, Her Majesty's Court Service, Department for Constitutional Affairs

  • Barbara Vivien Carter, JP, DL. For services to the administration of justice and to the community in Rochdale, Lancashire

  • Joyce Clement. For services to Oxfam in Formby, Liverpool

  • Elaine Ferguson. Founder, Spark-Space and Right to Write Ltd. For services to people with dyslexia

  • Paul John Fletcher. For services to sport and to charity

  • Dr Fiona Mary Ford. General Medical Practitioner and Senior Lecturer, East Lancashire Teaching Primary Care Trust. For services to healthcare

  • Anne Gandy. For services to the community in Walton, Liverpool

  • Steven George Gerrard. Footballer. For services to sport

  • Joseph Kenneth Hargreaves. For services to the community in Lancashire

  • Rosemary Hawley, JP, DL. Chair, Knowsley Primary Care Trust. For services to healthcare in Merseyside

  • Phiona Jane Hesketh. Probation Officer, HM Prison, Kirkham, Lancashire. For services to diversity

  • Penelope Ann Hilton. Learning Facilitator, HM Revenue and Customs

  • Councillor Joseph Clifford Hughes. For services to St. Catherine's Hospice and to the community in South Ribble, Lancashire

  • Shelagh Dickson Iwanowicz. Human Resources manager, HM Revenue and Customs

  • Edward Ewart Jackson. Chair, Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts and Chair, Lancashire Wildlife Trust. For services to conservation

  • Susan Law. Head of Library Service. For services to local government in East Lancashire

  • Rajyasree Lodh. Formerly Administrative Officer, Child Support Agency, Department for Work and Pensions

  • Patricia Mancini. For charitable services in Blackpool

  • Dr Althea Melling. Head of the Centre for Volunteering and Community Action, University of Central Lancashire. For services to higher education

  • Eileen Myers. Executive Officer, Health and Safety Executive, Department for Work and Pensions

  • Dr Jennifer Margaret Newton. For services to conservation in North Lancashire

  • Jean Ellen Outhwaite. For services to the Cub Scouts in Lancashire and Cheshire

  • Theresa Josephine Owen. Volunteer Services manager, Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For services to the NHS in Merseyside

  • Sheila Pollitt, JP. Member, Independent Monitoring Board. For services to HM Young Offenders' Institution Lancaster Farms

  • Paul Christopher Ridgeon. Head of Special Projects, Office of Government Commerce, HM Treasury

  • Jennifer Rodgers. Administrative assistant, The Pension Service, Department for Work and Pensions

  • Eileen Roscoe. Youth Team manager, Lancashire Learning and Skills Council. For services to education and to business

  • Kenneth Seed. Principal Officer, HM Prison Preston, HM Prison Service

  • Paul Edward Siddall. Executive Officer, Disability and Carers Service, Department for Work and Pensions

  • Marlene Williams. Higher Executive Officer, Jobcentre Plus, Department for Work and Pensions

    QUEEN'S VOLUNTEER RESERVES MEDAL QVRM

  • Brig James Alexander John Thomson, OBE, TD. Late The Cheshire Regiment, Territorial Army

    QUEEN'S POLICE MEDAL QPM

  • Vincent Anthony Sweeney. Assistant Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police

    QUEEN'S FIRE SERVICE MEDAL QFSM

  • Anthony Proctor. Deputy chief Fire Officer, Greater Manchester County Fire and Rescue Service



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