Broadcaster Stuart Hall – a familiar voice of sport, news and the madcap gameshow It’s A Knockout – has been honoured with an OBE for his career stretching back more than 50 years.
Ashton-under-Lyne-born Hall, who turned 82 on Christmas Day, is one of a number of stars given accolades in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
Famed for his flamboyant style, Hall continues to be a regular contributor to BBC Radio 5 Live with his match reports from the North of England.
He said: “I am very proud that I have made a contribution. It’s been acknowledged and lots of people around the world will be very pleased as my family is and I am too – very, very pleased indeed.”
Hall, who also ran his own travel business for many years, became a familiar figure to viewers of regional news programmes on the BBC – with Look North, Look North West and North West Tonight – as well as ITV, when he shifted to rival Granada Reports.
He was also the launch host of BBC quiz A Question Of Sport during its early days as a regional show.
Other stars honoured include Rory McIlroy, who this year became the youngest US Open golf champion for 88 years at the age of 22, fellow Ulster golfer Darren Clarke, TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, comedia Ronnie Corbett.
Former cricket umpire Dickie Bird, former Formula One champion Nigel Mansell and Oscar-nominated actress Helena Bonham Carter are also among the recipients of honours.