Sussex And Surrey Honours

The orbiting Sussex astronaut, Tim Peake, has become the first person ever to be honoured while in space.

He has been made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the Queens Birthday honours list.

The Forces Sweetheart, Dame Vera Lynn, 99, who lives in Ditchling becomes a Companion of Honour.

She said she was both "surprised'' and "honoured'' to be given the accolade.

Dame Vera, whose songs brought hope during the darkest days of the Second World War, has been honoured for services to entertainment and charity.

Michael Wilson, chief executive of the NHSTrust that runs the East Surrey hospital in Reigate, is made a CBE.

Michael joined the NHS as a nurse in 1982. He said: "I am truly humbled to be honoured in this way especially at the time of the momentous celebrations for HRH the Queen's 90th Birthday.

I wish to recognise the commitment and professionalism of everyone at Sussex and Surrey Healthcare NHS Turst and across the NHS as a whole as I receive this remarkable award".

Surrey Police Temporary Chief Constable Nick Ephgrave is awarded a QPM for his services to policing. Previously Nick led the investigation into the fatal stabbing of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor on an estate in South London.

He said: "I'm genuinely moved that I was nominated by colleagues to receive this medal, let alone lucky enough to then actually get awarded it.

"I really hope all the outstanding colleagues I have worked with throughout my career - right from those first days on the streets of London through to my very different role here at Surrey now - realise that this recognition is a reflection on them and what we have achieved together."

Peter Chisholm, deputy headmaster of Warden Park Academy in Cuckfield, becomes an MBE for his services to education, charity fundraising and sport for young people.

Kinny Gardner from Brighton who runs the Krazy Kat Theatre Club, which puts on shows for kids who are deaf or have a disability, is awarded a British Empire Medal.

He said: "If you imagine that because of your disability, or because of your hearing loss, or because of your behavioural displacement, you haven't been allowed to go to theatre, how fantastic to discover that whatever you do is right, the way you are behaving is entirely natural and entirely normal and the actors like it."

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