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A chorus of approval for great works

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: December 31, 2013

By Ellen Branagh

  • Barry and Margaret Mizen, pictured above, parents of murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen, have been honoured for the work they have done in founding a youth working charity in Jimmy's memory. Actor Michael Crawford, pictured above with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, has also been honoured this year, as has the current 'forces' sweetheart' Katherine Jenkins, main image

  • Actress and Loose Women presenter Lynda Bellingham, who recently announced she is battling cancer, has been appointed OBE in the New Year's Honours list

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The doctor who oversaw the safe delivery of Prince George is recognised by the Queen in the New Year Honours List.

Marcus Setchell, who was the Queen's gynaecologist for two decades, is among those to receive an honour in the latest round, along with actress Penelope Keith, singer Katherine Jenkins, Gavin and Stacey co-creator Ruth Jones and the parents of murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen.

Among those to be recognised from the world of showbusiness are actress Lynda Bellingham and writer and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig – who receive OBEs – while MBEs go to Ruth Jones, DJ Pete Tong and Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud.

Katherine Jenkins said the honour left her feeling "incredibly humbled".

"To accept such an award after only a decade of service to music and charity comes as a wonderful surprise," she added.

"I share this award with the charitable bodies I am so privileged to work with, especially to those brave servicemen and women who risk so much for us all on a daily basis."

Loose Women panellist Bellingham, who recently announced she had been diagnosed with cancer, said her award was "a fantastic way to move forward" following a "tough year".

And actor Michael Crawford, who played Frank Spencer in 1970s' sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, said his CBE for services to children's charities was "the most wonderful surprise".

Mr Setchell, who delayed his retirement after being asked by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to oversee the birth of the third in line to the throne, becomes Sir Marcus as he is made a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) – an honour in the personal gift of the Queen.

The 70-year-old looked after Kate when she was taken to hospital with severe morning sickness in the early stages of her pregnancy, and previously helped save the life of the Countess of Wessex in 2003 when she was eight months pregnant with her elder child Lady Louise Mountbatten-Windsor.

Also on this year's list is Caroline Cassells, matron at the private King Edward VII's Hospital in central London, where Kate was treated for morning sickness, and where the Queen has previously received treatment. She becomes a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO).

Actress Penelope Keith, who became a household name as Margot Leadbetter in 1970s' sitcom The Good Life, becomes a dame in this year's list, as does Murder, She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury, who is in the Diplomatic and Overseas List.

Knighthoods go to film and theatre producer Michael Codron; sculptor Antony Gormley; and former Bank of England deputy governor Paul Tucker, while former director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer QC receives a knighthood for services to law and criminal justice.

Angel Of The North creator Antony Gormley said he accepted his knighthood as "a recognition" for the art form.

He said he was "happy" to accept the honour, describing it as a "good thing for sculpture and a recognition of the aspect of sculpture that is about a collective vision".

Sandi Toksvig said she felt "honoured" to be recognised, adding that she would like to take the opportunity to pay tribute to all the writers, production and technical staff she has worked with.

Ruth Jones, who set parts of Gavin & Stacey in her native South Wales, described her award as not "just tidy, it's proper tidy".

"Apparently great uncle Leslie got an OBE in the 40s and uncle Jack the fireman got one in the 60s. So I'm keeping up with the Joneses," she added.

Elsewhere in the arts, composer and conductor Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, who is Master of the Queen's Music, becomes a Companion of Honour.

CBEs go to ballet dancer Carlos Acosta; former FA chairman David Bernstein; and presenter Nicholas Parsons, known for his long-standing position as host of the comedy radio game show Just A Minute.

An MBE also goes to artist Derek Clarke, member of the Royal Scottish Academy of Arts, whose career has spanned more than 70 years and who turns 101 tomorrow, while OBEs go to the founders of parenting website Netmums.com, Siobhan Freegard, Cathy Court and Sarah Russell who said it recognised the achievements of mothers all over the country.

In total, 1,195 people have received an award, 74 per cent of them for outstanding work in their communities. There are 610 women in the list – 51 per cent of the total.

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