Friday 23 February 2018

Singer Lennox gets OBE for AIDS work

Golfer McDowell also on honours list

Sam Marsden in London

Pop star Annie Lennox received an OBE in the UK New Year Honours List yesterday for her work fighting Aids and poverty in Africa.

The former Eurythmics singer heads a host of entertainment and sport stars awarded honours, including 'Poirot' actor David Suchet and Ryder Cup-winning golfer Graeme McDowell.

Also recognised are football referee Howard Webb, who made up for England's disappointing World Cup performance by taking charge of the final in Johannesburg, and veteran actress Sheila Hancock.

Peter Bottomley (66) the Conservative MP for Worthing West in West Sussex, who was first elected in 1975 and served as a junior minister under Margaret Thatcher, is knighted for public service.

Aberdeen-born Lennox, who turned 56 on Christmas Day, has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide with the Eurythmics and as a solo star.

Her hit songs include 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)', and 'Why', and she has won a string of awards including Grammys, Brits, Ivor Novellos and an Oscar.

She now splits her time between her music and campaigning on behalf of Aids and HIV victims and poverty-stricken women and children in the developing world.

Lennox is an Oxfam global ambassador and was inspired by Nelson Mandela to launch the Sing campaign to raise money to prevent the spread of HIV in South Africa.

Suchet (64) from London, who receives a CBE for services to drama, has played a huge variety of roles on stage and screen during an acclaimed acting career spanning more than 40 years.


But he is best known as Agatha Christie's debonair Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in the long-running ITV series.

Suchet, whose brother is broadcaster John Suchet, played the sleuth in the classic 'Murder on the Orient Express' in a new adaptation broadcast on Christmas Day.

Golfer Graeme McDowell (31) from Portrush in Co Antrim was awarded an MBE after a sensational sporting year.

In June he became the first European winner of the US Open since 1970, and in October he clinched the Ryder Cup for Europe in a heart-stopping final match at the Celtic Manor in Wales.

In broadcasting, CBEs are awarded to John Lloyd (59) producer of 'Not The Nine O'Clock News', 'Spitting Image' and 'QI'.

Former ITN foreign correspondent Sandy Gall (83) from Penshurst, Kent, England, is made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the Diplomatic and Overseas List for his decades of charity work supporting disabled Afghans.

There is a knighthood for Professor Keith Porter, who as a consultant at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Birmingham co-ordinates the care of seriously-injured British troops flown back from Afghanistan.

The fashion industry is honoured with CBEs for Katharine Hamnett (63), the designer known for her slogan T-shirts, and Raymond Kelvin (55), the founder and chief executive of Ted Baker, and an MBE for designer Alice Temperley (35).

As usual, the majority of honours go to unsung local heroes, including MBEs for beekeeper Anne Buckingham, from Farnham, Surrey, and Eric Sutherns, the bridge master of London's Tower Bridge.

Irish Independent

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