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Motorsport legend appointed OBE

John Surtees
John Surtees won the Formula One title with Ferrari

Motorsport legend John Surtees, a council leader and footballer David Healey are among the recipients of the Queen's Birthday Honours in Surrey.

Surtees, 74, who won the 1964 Formula One title following seven motorcycling championships becomes an OBE.

Councillor Nick Skellett, the leader of Surrey County Council, is made a CBE for services to local government.

Esher-based Northern Ireland and Fulham player David Healey, becomes an MBE for services to football and the community.

Healy said being appointed an MBE was one of his proudest ever moments.

I am very excited and looking forward to the trip to Buckingham Palace, which will be a very special day
Nick Skellett
"It's a great honour not only for myself but for my mum and dad at home in Killyleagh in Northern Ireland and also my wife and two kids in England," he said.

Born in Tatsfield, Surrey in 1934, Surtees is the only man ever to have been world champion on two wheels as well as four.

The former racing champion and businessman won the 1964 Formula One World Championship with Ferrari.

He was appointed an OBE to add to his MBE.

Mr Skellett was elected to Surrey County Council in 1993, to represent Oxted, and been leader of the authority since May 1997.

He said: "I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to receive such a high accolade. This is a great honour for me personally, but it is also recognition for the tireless and outstanding work of my colleagues at Surrey County Council.


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"This has come as a complete surprise but a very welcome one and I'm proud to have received this prestigious acknowledgement of my work in local government.

Mr Skellett added: "I am very excited and looking forward to the trip to Buckingham Palace, which will be a very special day for me and my family."

Dozens of other people from across Surrey have also been named in the birthday list.

They include Guy Griffiths, managing director of BAE Systems Integrated Technologies, who becomes a CBE and Barbara Beauchamp, governor of Wray Common Primary School, Reigate, who is appointed an OBE.

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