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Honour for rock star Robert Plant

Robert Plant
A recent album involving Robert Plant picked up Grammy nominations

The lead singer of rock legends Led Zeppelin, Worcestershire's Robert Plant, has been recognised in the New Year Honours list.

Plant, who was born in West Bromwich in 1948, becomes a CBE.

Paralympic swimmer Sascha Kindred, of Credenhill, Herefordshire, who picked up two golds and a bronze in Beijing, has been appointed OBE.

The chairman of Advantage West Midlands, Nick Paul, from Malvern, Worcestershire, becomes a CBE.

Swimming club

The chairman of the regional development agency has been recognised for services to business.

Led Zeppelin split in 1980 and have reunited on rare occasions, leaving Plant to embark on a successful solo career.

His recent album with US singer Alison Krauss proved a commercial success and picked up Grammy nominations, including record of the year.

James Hervey-Bathurst, of Ledbury, Herefordshire, a former president of the Historic Houses Association, has been appointed CBE for services to heritage.

Rosemary Thorp, from Malvern, becomes a CBE for services to education and international development.

Linda Covey, from Redditch, Worcestershire, becomes an MBE for voluntary service to the British Red Cross Society in Warwickshire.

Those appointed MBE include Trixie Pulsford, head coach of Ross-on-Wye Swimming Club in Herefordshire, and John Lakeman, from Worcester, for voluntary service to the communities in the Malvern Hills district in Worcestershire.

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