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Inventor James Dyson is knighted
Sir James Dyson and his cylinder model vacuum
Sir James Dyson is knighted for his services to business
Millionaire engineer and inventor James Dyson has been knighted for his services to business.

The 59-year-old thanked his 1,500 workers for turning his invention into a "great international success".

Norfolk-born Sir James revolutionised the domestic appliances market with the bagless vacuum cleaner.

"I hope something like this will encourage other engineers and people who have ideas and inventions to go out and commercialise them," he said.

The Dyson Dual Cyclone became the best-selling vacuum cleaner in the UK within 18 months of its launch.

Sir James said: "I'm obviously very happy. It's a great honour, and really, not just for me, but for the 1,500 people who work with me in Wiltshire and around the world; they have made a British invention a great international success."

Today's list coincides with an announcement that recipients can in future wear a new emblem - in the form of a buttonhole badge - to show that they have been honoured.

Full honours list - Norfolk

Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

  • Bernard Matthews, CBE. Founder and Chair, Bernard Matthews Ltd. For services to the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

    Order of the British Empire


  • James Dyson, CBE. Founder and Chair, Dyson Ltd. For services to Business.

    Order of the Bath


  • Andrew Charles Bruce Ramsay. Director-General, Culture, Creativity and Economy Group, Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

    Royal Victorian Medal


  • Stephen Richard Frohawk. Tractor Driver, Sandringham Estate.

  • Daniel James Harvey. Senior Motor Engineer, Sandringham Estate.

  • Mrs Jacqueline Mary Osborne. Daily Lady, Sandringham House.


    Order of the British Empire

  • Ian Archer Hamilton Carstairs, MBE. Conservationist. For services to Heritage in Yorkshire and the Humber. (Harleston, Norfolk)

  • Professor Keith Roberts. For services to Plant Biology. (Norwich, Norfolk) Rodney Gerald Yorke Slatford. Founder and Chair, The Yorke Trust. For services to Music. (South Creake, Norfolk)

  • Adrian Underwood. Formerly National director, Boarding Schools' Association. For services to Education. (Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk)


  • The Reverend Canon Patricia Anne Atkinson. For services to Street Children in South India. (Norwich, Norfolk)

  • Mrs Valerie Ann Attenborough, JP. For services to the community in Norfolk. (Diss, Norfolk)

  • Peter Charles Brown. For services to the community in Weasenham St. Peter, Norfolk. (Weasenham St Peter, Norfolk)

  • John Joseph Buxton, DL. For services to Conservation in Norfolk. (Great Yarmouth, Norfolk)

  • Robert David Cranna. For services to Norfolk Probation Service. (King's Lynn, Norfolk)

  • Alistair James Dent. For services to the community in Hilgay, Norfolk. (Downham Market, Norfolk)

  • Peter William Lambley. Formerly Conservation Officer, English Nature. For services to Conservation in Norfolk. (Norwich, Norfolk)

  • Miss Eve Pettinger. Ballet Teacher, Arts Educational School, Tring. For services to Dance. (Sheringham, Norfolk)

  • Derek Duncan Saunders. For services to Ex-Servicemen and Women in Norfolk. (Diss, Norfolk)

  • Keith Victor Skipper, DL. For services to the community in Norfolk. (Cromer, Norfolk)

  • Mrs Susan Wade. Teaching assistant, Hethersett High School, Norfolk. For services to Education. (Woodton, Norfolk)

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