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Berkshire's finest honoured in annual list

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Berkshire's finest honoured in annual list

The Newbury born creator of Paddingon Bear is among the more than a thousand names recognised in the Queen's Honours List this year.

Michael Bond who has been honoured with a CBE for services to children's literature was born in Newbury on January 13, 1926 and educated at Presentation College, Reading.

He served in both the Royal Air Force and the Middlesex Regiment of the British Army.

He began writing in 1945 and sold his first short story to a magazine called London Opinion before going on to work as a BBC cameraman and finally coming up with the idea for Paddington.

There were three winners of the British Empire Medal from Newbury this year.

Mrs Rosemary Anne Bennett was awarded the BEM for services to the community in Newbury.

David Henry George Pinfold was given the honour for services to the community especially in the East Downland Benefice.

Trevor Pitman who is the Technical manager at the school of Biological Sciences at the University of Reading was given the BEM for services to Higher Education, having been in the department since 1987.

Geoffrey Howard French was also awarded a CBE for services to Civil Engineering as president and chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Also on this year's list is Calcot's Helen Shirley-Quirk, director of health protection and emergency response for the Department of Health who was honoured with the Order of the Bath and Pangbourne-based philanthropist and businessman Kiren Sharma who got an MBE for services to business and charity.

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