'Proud' Kenny Dalglish knighted in Queen's Birthday Honours as host of stars are given gongs

Dalglish and his wife Marina have raised millions of pounds for cancer treatment and has also been a tireless campaigner for justice for the families of the 96 killed in the Hillsborough disaster.

The 67-year-old Glaswegian was manager of Liverpool at the time of the tragedy – and is one of just two British managers to win the Premier League as boss of Blackburn in 1995.

Last night he said he was “hugely proud to have accepted the accolade” – in recognition for services to football, charity and the City of Liverpool.

And he joked that he thought the letter informing him of the knighthood had been from the taxman.

Sir Kenny said: “We only set out to do the best we possibly could, even through all the other stuff – the charity or Hillsborough, it was to help people because somebody helped us.”

Defoe dedicated his OBE to brave cancer tot Bradley Lowery, who he became friends with in the final months of his tragically short life.

The Bournemouth striker said he was “truly honoured and humbled” to receive the award – given in recognition for his charitable work through the Jermain Defoe Foundation, which was set up to raise money for underprivileged children in the Caribbean and the UK.

Defoe said he felt “mixed emotions” over the award, coming nearly a year after Bradley’s death aged 6.

He said he wanted to “scream with joy” when his mum rang him up while he was on holiday to tell him about the OBE.

But the footballer – speaking alongside his mother, added: “There’s been a lot of tears, it’s been tough. There have been times I’ve been in my car and I’ve – no one knows but you’re crying on your own.”

Dedicating the award to Bradley, Defoe said: ““I woke up this morning and I did think about Bradley. It was a special relationship.

“There were times when I stood there and I thought ‘I don’t understand, what have I really done?’ Bradley is the one who’s suffered.”

OBEs were handed to world heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua and Britain’s most successful Winter Olympic athlete Lizzie Yarnold, who defended her skeleton title at the PyeongChang games earlier this year.

The youngest award winner on the list is 20-year-old alpine skier Menna Fitzpatrick, Britain’s most successful winter paralympian, picking up an MBE – while her sighted guide Jennifer Kehoe was also rewarded.

Former Welsh rugby player Dai Morris was given an MBE and 1988 Olympic gold medal winning hockey player Richard Leman was handed an OBE.

Renowned opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa was given the distinguished title of Companion of Honour.

TV presenter Bamber Gascoigne, best known for being the original quizmaster on University Challenge, gets a CBE.

Actress Fenella Fielding, 90, was awarded with an OBE. She was popular in the 1950s and 1960s and known as England's first lady of the double entendre.

Archers' star Timothy Bentinck said he was "astonished and humbled" to be made an MBE.

In the business sphere, Judy Naake, who made millions selling St Tropez self-tanning products – initially from the back of her car – receives an MBE for services to entrepreneurship, the community and philanthropy.

Jo Malone, creator of the self-titled luxury perfumery brand who has since started the fragrance-centred Jo Loves business, is awarded a CBE for services to the British economy and the GREAT Britain campaign, which encourages people to visit and invest in the UK.

Best-selling novelist Ken Follett said he was proud to be made a CBE for "doing something I love".

The spy thriller and historical fiction writer, 69, is made a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to literature and charity.

Follett's novels include The Pillars Of The Earth, Eye Of The Needle, The Man From St Petersburg and Fall Of Giants.

Tim Waterstone, founder of the high street bookstore, was given a knighthood.

Veteran war journalist Kate Adie was handed a CBE.

Remain of the Dame

CHIEF Remain luvvie Emma Thompson was made a Dame in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list last night as a string of Europhiles were rewarded.

The Remains of the Day actress sparked outrage during the EU referendum campaign by branding Britain “a cake-filled misery-laden grey old island”.

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP said: “I hope it lifts a little of her misery when she contemplates the country she thinks is grey and, for some reason, cake-filled.”

Other Brexit opponents honoured include historian Mary Beard, who was made a Dame, and novelist Kazuo Ishiguro who became a knight.

It's L'OBE Actually..

ACTRESS Keira Knightley was handed an OBE last night — 15 years after scoring her breakthrough role.

The star, who struck fame in 2002’s Bend It Like Beckham and moved on to hits like Love Actually, was ­honoured for services to drama and charity.

She became the face of an Amnesty International hu­man rights campaign and has worked with Oxfam, Women’s Aid, WaterAid and Unicef.

Keira, 33, nominated for Oscars for Pride & Prejudice and The Imitation Game, was joined on the honours list by Tom Hardy.

The actor, 40, received a CBE for services to drama.

Veteran war journalist Kate Adie also got a CBE.

MBE for Ms Dynamite

RAPPER Ms Dynamite was recognised with an MBE for services to music in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The Mercury Prize-winning artist, born Niomi Arleen McLean-Daley, 37, burst onto the scene with earworm hit Dy-na-mi-tee, which featured on her debut album A Little Deeper.

Her album won critical acclaim in the UK and US, and saw her win Brit Awards for Best British Urban Act and Best British Female Solo Artist in 2003.

She returned to music in 2005 after the birth of her son with her second, politically-informed album Judgement Days featuring a plea to Tony Blair on the track called Mr Prime Minister.

After winding down her music career, she has featured on television and in recent years appeared on Katy B’s Lights On track, as well as Magnetic Man’s Fire.

In 2016, she was honoured with a Paving the Way MOBO award for her contribution to music as a female MC.

Fury at awards given to 'failures'

THE honours system was dubbed “rewards for failure” last night after Network Rail boss Mark Carne got a gong despite the chaos on the railways.

The £820,000-a-year chief exec, quitting this year, was given a CBE for his part in “modernisation of the rail infrastructure”.
But furious MPs called it “yet another kick in the teeth for commuters”.

Even Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy said the timing is “difficult” after the timetables failure of the last few weeks.

Labour MP John Mann said: “This is one of the most extraordinary rewards for failure. Something is very wrong with the way we are currently running the country.”

Fellow Labour MP Wes Streeting said it would “go down like a cup of sick” with commuters.

Other gongs for failure include Canadian-born Royal Mail boss Moya Greene, who becomes a Dame despite overseeing its disastrous privatisation and a plunge in revenues.

A Home Office immigration officer got an MBE despite the Windrush scandal and the 100,000 net immigration target being repeatedly missed.

DWP official Karen Gosden got an OBE despite delays and errors with the rollout of the Government’s Universal Credit welfare reform scheme.

And health quango Nice’s boss David Haslam was knighted despite refusing terminally ill NHS patients key drugs.

Rosie's 97 years selling poppies

BRITAIN’S longest-serving poppy seller is “over the moon” after being awarded an MBE.

Rosemary Powell, 103, plans to hang up her collection box later this year after a remarkable 97 years collecting for the appeal as she is “getting old”.

She first helped her mum Evelyn sell poppies aged six for the Royal British Legion’s first appeal in 1921.

She lost two godfathers and three uncles during the First World War.

Londoner Rosemary said last night: “It is very nice that I have been given this. I still vividly remember selling poppies on Richmond Bridge with my mother.”

Her son Giles said: “The MBE is a tremendous reward for years of hard work and loyalty. Mum is absolutely over the moon. It’s great recognition for a lot of hard work.”

During World War Two, Mrs Powell – now a great-grandmother — trained as a voluntary aid detachment nurse providing civilian nursing to the military.

Her younger brother Peter a major in the Army, died in the conflict.

She lived in Africa for a year in the 1950s and made poppies out of paper to give to locals during Remembrance.

The brother of aid worker David Haines, who was beheaded by IS extremists, was also honoured.

Mike Haines, 51, was awarded an OBE for his work in striving to reject terrorism. He set up the Global Acts of Unity project, which promotes peace and tolerance in schools across the country.

He dedicated the honour to David, 44, murdered in 2014 after being taken hostage in Syria while working for a relief agency.

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