Friday 23 March 2018

Nice to see you, to see you, knighted, Brucie

John Bingham and Richard Alleyne in London

The UK's Downing Street has bowed to popular demand and given Bruce Forsyth (83) a knighthood.

The British entertainer's inclusion in the queen's honours list, which is announced today, comes almost 70 years after he embarked on a career in entertainment as a 14 year old.

The decision to bestow the accolade on the Strictly Come Dancing host follows a public campaign.

"This is more than a Brucie bonus, this is the ultimate," Forsyth said last night.

The king of Saturday night entertainment is among 965 people from the worlds of entertainment, politics, the arts, sport, science, education and the public services receiving recognition.

Colin Firth, the actor who won an Oscar earlier this year for his role as George VI in 'The King's Speech', receives a CBE.

Bryan Ferry, the Roxy Music singer, is also made a CBE while Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden, former stars of television comedy 'The Goodies', are made OBEs. Their co-star, Bill Oddie, received the accolade two years ago.

Jenni Murray, the presenter of BBC Radio Four's 'Woman's Hour' is made a dame.

In science, Prof Robert Edwards, the 85-year-old IVF pioneer, is knighted eight months after being awarded a Nobel Prize for work that led to the birth in 1978 of the world's first test tube baby.

Forsyth has received an OBE and a CBE in the past but the failure to knight him led to allegations of "snobbery" in the honours system towards light entertainment.

"I think it does mean more to me because the public got involved," he said.

"I thought at one time there was too much hype about it, but I am grateful for all the wonderful encouragement." (©Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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