Lewis Hamilton and Craig David are two of many inspirational, well-deserving people who have been included in this years New Year Honours.

Each year the Queen selects members of society who have made exceptional efforts towards their field of occupation or within their own community.

This year Lewis Hamilton, who was awarded an MBE in 2008, will be knighted due to his services to motorsport. This comes after Hamilton won his seventh world title in November, now head to head with Michael Schumacher’s record breaking seventh win. Could Hamilton beat the title in 2021 and become the first racing car driver in history to win eight world titles?

Craig David will be made an MBE for his services to music. After releasing his first song in 2000 Fill Me In, David became the first 19 year-old British male solo artist ever to have a number one hit song. Shortly after, in 2001 he released his debut album Born to Do It. Since then David has collaborated with other artists such as AJ Tracey and headlined at Brixton Academy at Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage.

Amongst the celebrities, some of Greater Manchester’s very own heroes have been mentioned in The Queens New Year Honours , for their services to their communities. From helping others during the pandemic to excelling in their own careers, a few of the honourees can be seen below:

MBE Honourees

  • Cath Fitzsimmons, the first nurse to came out of retirement to help at Salford Royal.
  • Christine and David Bagley, have both been awarded MBEs after feeding 36,000 people since lockdown.
  • Dr Amir Hannan, for outstanding pioneering work on patient record access and understanding.
  • Sally Dynevor, Coronation Street actress has been awarded an MBE for her services to drama.

  • Professor Rachel Susan Griffith CBE FBA, of Stockport, has been awarded a DBE for services to Economic Policy and Education.
  • David Thompson QPM DL, of Stockport, will receive a Knights Bachelor for services to policing.
  • Peter John Barham, Saddleworth for his  services to the Maritime Sector
  • Dr Harnovdeep Singh Bharaj of Bolton. For services to People with Diabetes in the South Asian Community

OBE Honourees

  • Anwar Ali, of Ashton-under-Lyne, will be awarded an OBE for services to Social Enterprise.
  • Robert Derek Calrow from Bolton, will also receive an OBE for his charitable and political service in North West England.
  • David Spencer Delew from Prestwich has been awarded an OBE for services to the Jewish Community.
  • Sarah Victoria Wallace, Tarporley. Consultant Speech and Language Therapist, Critical Care, has been awarded an OBE for services to the NHS.
  • Alun Francis from Oldham, has been awarded for his services to Education.
  • Dr Sharran Louise Grey, Bolton, will receive an OBE for her services to Blood Transfusion and to Patient Care.

Many other deserving individuals have also been honoured by the queen, the full New Years Honours List can be found here .

If you were to pick someone to be honoured by the Queen, who would it be and why? Let us know your thoughts @pieradio.