One of Cambridgeshire's oddest traditions gets under way this morning...
Essex: Knighthood For Colchester MP
Colchester MP Bob Russell is one of the Essex figures recognised in the New Year Honours List.
He receives a knighthood for public service. Sir Bob told Heart that the knighthood was unexpected: "It's a huge surprise... I'm now in my fifteenth year as MP for my home town which is an honour in itself.
"I'm flattered to receive a knighthood - pleased to bits!"
There is also a knighthood for former Tesco chairman David Reid from Great Dunmow, whilst Essex County Council leader Peter Martin is awarded an MBE for services to local government.
David Edward Reid. Formerly chairman, Tesco plc and chairman, Kwik-Fit Group. For services to Business and to Charity. (Great Dunmow)
Robert Russell. For public service. (Colchester)
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read. Formerly chief executive, NHS Cambridgeshire. For services to the NHS. (Essex)
Dr Andrew Sentance. Economist. For services to the Economy. (Essex)
Mrs Josephine Lilian Connell, DL. Vice president, Age UK. For services to Older People. (Hertfordshire)
The Reverend Ronald Geoffrey Corp. Founder and Artistic director of the New London Orchestra. For services to Music. (Braintree)
Gavin Davis. Formerly Political Officer, Helmand Provincial Reconstruction Team, Department for International Development. (Chigwell)
Nigel Antony Eastaway. Tax Partner, BDO. For services to Taxation Law. (Bishops Stortford)
James Stephen Foster. Head of Corporate Real Estate and Sourcing, EMEA, JP Morgan Chase. For services to the Financial Services Industry in Northern Ireland. (Loughton)
Mrs Leanne Hedden. Formerly Executive director for Supporting Delivery, Training and Development Agency for Schools, Department for Education. (Shenfield)
James Bond. Foster Carer, Essex County Council and lately Chair, the Fostering Network. For services to Children and Young People. (Colchester)
Mrs Audrey Clare Carmichael. Volunteer, Thaxted Centre for the Disabled, Essex. For services to People with Disabilities and their Families. (Dunmow)
Anthony Clive Conniford. Formerly assistant director, UK Football Policing Unit, Home Office. (Essex)
Andrew Raymond Crook. Senior Anatomy Technician, Royal Veterinary College. For services to Veterinary Science. (Waltham Abbey)
Michael John Dyer. For services to Young People in Essex. (London, RM11)
Paul Eskriett. Formerly Principal Security and Contingency Planning Adviser, City of London Corporation. For services to Local Government. (Brentwood)
John Jones. Master Framer. For services to the Arts. (Ware)
Brian Stewart Larkman. Adviser, Debt Management Office. For services to the Financial Services Industry and the Debt Management Office. (Essex)
Councillor Peter James Martin, DL. Leader, Essex County Council. For services to Local Government. (Chelmsford)
Mrs Sally-Rose Alice McFerran. For services to SSAFA Forces Help. (Colchester)
Brian Mister. Formerly Trustee, Essex Coalition of Disabled People. For voluntary service to People with Disabilities. (Chelmsford)
Terence Monaghan. For services to the community in Stock, Essex. (Billericay)
Mrs Hilary Needham. Founder and manager, Special Needs and Parents charity (SNAP). For services to Children and Young People with Special Needs and their Families. (Shenfield)
Mrs Doreen Cynthia Parsonage. For services to the community in Wormley, Hertfordshire. (Broxbourne)
Charles Frederick Melville Rawlinson. For charitable services to Young People and to Music. (Saffron Walden)
Mrs Elizabeth Ann Schofield. For services to the community in Langham. (Colchester)
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