Frontline workers and community leaders helping Britain out of the pandemic dominate this year’s Queen’s birthday roll of honor.
Together with footballer Marcus Rashford, doyenne Mary Berry, television presenter Lorraine Kelly, Poirot actor John Suchet and fitness guru Joe Wicks is recognized.
The honors are usually announced in June but have been postponed to accommodate nominations for people who will play a pivotal role in the early months of the COVID-19 effort.
This year’s bumper list has 1,495 awards – including 414 people who made an exceptional contribution to the coronavirus pandemic, three-quarters of whom work in their local communities.
Soccer player Marcus Rashford receives an MBE in Services for Vulnerable Children in the UK during Covid-19. The Manchester United star launched a campaign to persuade the government to continue offering free school meals to children during the holidays.
Fitness gurus Joe Wicks and Mr. Motivator (Derrick Evans) are receiving MBEs for their accessible live workouts to encourage people to stay physically and mentally fit during Covid-19.
Cooking author and broadcaster Mary Berry becomes a lady, just like the actress from Coronation Street Maureen Lipman.
actor David Suchet, known for playing Poirot, receives a knighthood.
Stargazing expert Professor Brian Cox receives a CBE.
Veteran television presenter, Lorraine Kellyis made into a CBE.
Actor born in Birmingham Adrian Lester gets a CBE.
A singer-songwriter also receives a CBE Joan Armatrading.
Former rugby legend Gareth Thomas receives a CBE.
TV playwright, Sally Wainwright, whose hit shows include Last Tango in Halifax, Happy Valley and Gentleman Jack, receives an OBE.
Cricketer and Strictly Come Dancing winner Darren Gough has an MBE.
Musician Jeff Lynnereceives an OBE from pop group ELO.
national treasure Sir David Attenborough receives the Knight Grand Cross (GCMG) for its “extraordinary and sustainable international contribution to broadcasting, natural history and the environment”.
Locals Receiving Honors
* Harmohinder Singh Bhatia from Smethwick receives an MBE in Merit to Racial Relations.
The 75-year-old has worked for the past 50 years bringing together different communities in Sandwell. During the pandemic, he provided meals, fresh fruit and essentials to NHS staff at three Sandwell hospitals for three and a half months, and also donated a truckload of disinfectant worth £ 25,000.
* Dr. Sarbjit Clare from Birmingham received an MBE in Services for the NHS.
The 45-year-old assistant medical director for the NHS Trust at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals has been commended for “exhibiting heroic, exemplary, phenomenal and humble leadership” during the pandemic.
This included looking after over 700 patients and managing their department with eight employees when all of their colleagues were sick.
* Another frontline recognized doctor is Birmingham Nurse Beverley Morris who received a BEM for Nursing Services during Covid-19.
The 59-year-old, CHC Lead Nurse, Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Groups, organized aid for 1,000 nursing home residents despite her high risk status during the crisis.
In addition to the NHS and Covid, other local recipients include snooker player Reanne Evans who is receiving an MBE in women’s snooker services.
The 35-year-old from Dudley is number one on the World Women’s Snooker Tour. She has won the record in the women’s snooker world championship 12 times, with 10 consecutive titles between 2005 and 2014 and further victories in 2016 and 2019.