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Children's TV star appointed MBE

Justin Fletcher
Justin Fletcher: "I'm absolutely overwhelmed"

Children's TV star Justin Fletcher said he was "overwhelmed" to be made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Best known on the CBeebies channel, the 37-year-old from Reading, Berkshire, has appeared in shows like Playdays, the Fun Song Factory and Springwatch.

He is one of nine people in Berkshire made an MBE.

Frederick Landeg, former acting chief veterinary with Defra, is made a CBE with Professor Charles Hobbs for services to road safety.

Mr Fletcher has appeared on stage and performed voiceover work, but he was specifically recognised for his services to children's broadcasting.

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He said: "I'm absolutely overwhelmed to be honoured like this.

"I've got one of the best jobs in the world, working in children's TV.

"I'd like to thank the CBeebies viewers and everyone at the BBC for their support over the years."

Others recognised in Berkshire included David Livermore, who was made an OBE for his services to people with hearing difficulties and to the Newbury Spring Festival.

Phyllis Avery was made an MBE for her voluntary services to netball.


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