Ant & Dec Recognised In Queen's Birthday Honours

Geordie duo Ant and Dec have heralded their OBEs as the achievement their ``mams'' will be proudest of.

The pair - voted the nation's favourite presenters in the National Television Awards 2016 - have been together for 26 years.

They described their inclusion on the Queen's Birthday Honours list as a shock, saying they were grateful to have been recognised for services to broadcasting and entertainment.

Ant and Dec said:
``We are just two ordinary lads from the west end of Newcastle."

``We hope us receiving this honour can inspire young people to chase their dreams and believe that anything is possible."

``This will definitely be the proudest our mams have ever been.''

The pair added:
``We are both shocked, but incredibly honoured to receive OBEs."

``We absolutely love what we do and have done since we started out aged 13.''

The Geordie duo added that they are ``passionate'' about what they do and were especially honoured to host both The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration and the 40 Years of the Prince's Trust documentary.

They continued:
``What we do also allows us to work with some amazing charities that really do make a difference.

``2016 has been a fantastic year so far, and we're so grateful for all the support we receive.''

Former Newcastle captain Alan Shearer has also become a CBE for his charity work in our region.

He set up the Alan Shearer Foundation ten years ago, which helps disabled children.

The Magpies record goal-scorer says he's "humbled" to be honoured and says he wants to keep giving "something back to the north-east."

Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson was also named - he's become an OBE for his services to sport and the community on Teesside.

There are also a number of unsung hereos from across the north-east recognised.

They are:

MR DAVID JAMES CARR 53 yrs old (MORPETH, NORTHUMBERLAND) For services to the community in Longframlington, Northumberland

MRS CAROLE CATCHPOLE 71 yrs old (MORPETH, NORTHUMBERLAND) Founder, Northumbrian Hedgehog Rescue Trust. For services to the Protection of Hedgehogs

MRS LINDA COPELAND 64 yrs old (SACRISTON, DURHAM) Executive Officer, Change and Engagement Team, Home Office. For public service and service to the community in Durham

MRS JEAN JOHNSON 79 yrs old (CARVILLE , DURHAM)Volunteer, Belmont Cheveley Park Primary School, Durham. For services to Education

PASTOR THOMAS LEIGHTON 75 yrs old (NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, TYNE AND WEAR)For services to the community in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

MRS GLENISS MCNEAL 73 yrs old (BEDLINGTON, NORTHUMBERLAND) Volunteer, National Trust. For voluntary services to Heritage in Northumberland

MRS JOYCE MEYNELL 74 yrs old (NEWCASTLE, TYNE AND WEAR) Foster Carer, Newcastle City Council. For services to Children and Families

MRS SARA DAVIES 32 yrs old (BILLINGHAM, DURHAM) Founder, Crafter's Companion. For services to the Economy

MR ROBERT JOHN ELDRIDGE 68 yrs old (CORBRIDGE, NORTHUMBERLAND) Chairman of Trustees, The People's Kitchen. For services to Homeless People in the North East







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