New Year’s Honours roundup: Hampstead adds two knights to its ranks

Hampstead’s two newest knights are heading up a long list of locals recognised for their outstanding contributions in their fields in the 2013 New Year’s Honours.

Kenneth Grange CBE - whose designs include Kodak cameras, the InterCity125 train and the first ever parking meters - and philanthropist Michel Heller were knighted for services to design and to charity respectively in this year’s honours list.

They were joined by people from across Camden and Haringey were awarded CBEs, OBEs and MBEs, including award-winning actor Ewan McGregor, who was awarded an OBE for services to acting and charity, and former Strictly Come Dancing star Arlene Phillips, who was “absolutely thrilled” at the news she is to receive a CBE.

Hampstead’s Nica Burns - who owns and runs six West End theatres, including the Garrick and the Apollo - was awarded an OBE for services to theatre, while Muswell Hill actress Caroline Parker, who performed during the Paralympics opening ceremony, was given an MBE for services to deaf theatre and drama.

Observer critic Philip French - a Kentish Town resident - was also given an OBE for services to film.


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A number of people were also recognised for the work they did during the Olympics, including Hampstead Garden Suburb’s Nicky Roche, who received an OBE for services to the staging of the games and Peter Bury, who was given an MBE.

Professor Katherine Fenton, a Primrose Hill resident and chief nurse at University College Hospital, was given an OBE for services to nursing.

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Joan McVittie - headteacher of Woodside High School, in Wood Green, Haringey - has been made a dame for services to education, while Highgate’s Professor Dawn Ades, who teaches art history and theory at the University of Essex, was awarded a CBE.

The area also boasts a first: Crouch Ender Max Arthur is thought to be the first oral historian to ever be given an OBE for services to military history.

- See the paper and website for more information about New Year’s Honours next week.

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