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Last Updated: Saturday, 12 June, 2004, 08:50 GMT 09:50 UK
TV newsreader honoured by Queen
Angela Rippon
Angela Rippon: Former Plymouth journalist
Former television newsreader Angela Rippon is among several Devon people in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Ms Rippon - a journalist trained in her home town of Plymouth - gets an OBE.

Dr Gillian Margaret Morgan, chief executive of the NHS Confederation gets a DBE for services to the NHS.

Geoffrey Charles Elliott, of Axminster, Devon, gets a CBE for services to journalism and Col Richard Hardy Duncan Toomey, formerly of the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, an MBE.

First broadcast

Ms Rippon said she was delighted to get the honour for doing a job which she enjoyed so much.

"I'm enormously honoured and flattered to receive an OBE for doing the job I have loved for the last 37 years," she said.

Ms Rippon, who was born in Plymouth, worked her way up her local newspaper before making her first television broadcast at the age of 21, for BBC South West in Plymouth in 1966.

Since then she has produced and directed programmes while continuing to be a presenter.

Water conservation

She is a former host of Come Dancing and the Antiques Roadshow and the face of BBC1's Watchdog Healthcheck and the Holiday programme.

Sonia Irene Meaden, director of South West Tourism, gets an OBE for services to tourism.

Arthur Roy Goddard, of Exeter, receives an MBE for services to health and education and to the community.

MBEs also go to Brian Douglas Hooper, water conservation manager, South West Water; Ralph David Kramer, executive director, Youth Enquiry Service in Plymouth; and Charles Roy Mullins, for services to the community in Woolacombe and Mortehoe, Devon.

Janet Mary Turner gets an MBE for services to the community in South Milton, Devon and Beryl Constance Wilkins gets an MBE for services to the community in Plymstock, Devon.

Michael Brian Williams, a commons warden for Clinton Devon Estates gets an MBE for services to the environment in Devon and Vivien Wilson gets the same award for services to the community in Teignmouth, Devon.

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