Birthday Honours 2020 Marcus Rashford Joe Wicks And Key Workers Honoured

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Birthday Honours 2020 Marcus Rashford Joe Wicks And Key Workers Honoured

Front-line workers and volunteers who contributed to the response to Covid-19 dominate the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Footballer Marcus Rashford and fitness coach Joe Wicks are also recognised for their efforts during the pandemic, becoming MBEs on the delayed list.

TV chef Mary Berry and actress Maureen Lipman are made dames, while actor David Suchet and veteran entertainer Tommy Steele are both knighted.

TV presenter Lorraine Kelly and broadcaster Prof Brian Cox become CBEs.

The list is usually published in June, when the Queen celebrates her official birthday, but it was postponed so that individuals who played crucial roles in the first months of the coronavirus outbreak could be added.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the recipients of this year’s honours were “a testament to the sort of country we are – caring, compassionate and resolute in the face of a global pandemic”.

“The hard work and dedication of these local, often unsung heroes has helped carry us through,” he added.

England player Rashford, whose award came for services to vulnerable children in the UK during the coronavirus epidemic, said becoming an MBE sounded “a little bit strange but obviously I feel honoured”.

The 22-year-old Manchester United forward successfully campaigned to extend free school meals over the summer after pressing the government into a U-turn on the issue.

“Hopefully it inspires more people to do good things,” Rashford said. “It’s a nice moment for me personally but I feel like I’m still at the beginning of the journey that I set out to try to achieve.”

But he said his main focus now was on having the scheme extended.

“What I’d like to do, now that I’m in this position, is just speak directly to the prime minister and really ask for the vouchers to be extended at least until October half term, because I think that’s what the families need,” he said.

Wicks, also known as The Body Coach, became the UK’s PE teacher during the national lockdown by running free online classes every weekday for children and parents to keep fit.

“If you met me as a little boy you’d have thought ‘he’s not going to go anywhere, he’s not going to do anything great’, he said. “But I’ve turned it around and I really am proud I’ve become this person who’s helping people.”

Birthday Honours 2020 Marcus Rashford Joe Wicks And Key Workers Honoured

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