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Actress Walters listed in honours

29 December 07 01:51 GMT

Actress Julie Walters and former cricketer Rachel Heyhoe-Flint are among people from Birmingham and the Black Country listed in the New Year Honours.

Smethwick-raised Walters, who made her name in 1983 in Educating Rita and has twice been nominated for Oscars, has become a CBE for her services to Drama.

Ms Heyhoe-Flint, 68, of Wolverhampton, becomes an OBE for services to cricket.

Also listed is Birmingham jazz musician Andy Hamilton, 89, who has been made an MBE for services to music in the city.

Actress Walters was nominated for Oscars for her roles in Educating Rita and as the dance teacher in Billy Elliot.

Ms Heyhoe-Flint captained the England women's cricket team from 1966 to 1978 and was unbeaten in six test series.

She is widely credited with raising the profile of the women's game and hit a then world-record score of 179 against West Indies in 1976.

She was one of the first 10 women to be admitted to the MCC and in 2004 became the first woman to be elected to the club's full committee.

She is also the vice president of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and was on the board of the club for several years.

Jazz musician Mr Hamilton was born in Port Maria, Jamaica, in March 1918 and made his first saxophone out of bamboo.

During the early 40s he entertained several celebrities, including Errol Flynn aboard the movie star's yacht before moving to Birmingham in 1949.

He worked in a factory in the city and at night played jazz with his band The Blue Notes.

Despite building a significant reputation among jazz aficionados, he did not record any albums until he was 72, with his debut Silvershine becoming the biggest-selling UK Jazz Album of the Year.

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