Lockdown heroes Joe Wicks and Marcus Rashford recognised in Queen’s Honours

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Lockdown heroes Marcus Rashford and Joe Wicks are among those who have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours, along with hundreds of key workers who have helped Britain fight the coronavirus crisis.

England football star Rashford has been made an MBE at the age of just 22 for his heroic efforts which ensured free school meals during the summer holidays for some of Britain's poorer families struggling during the pandemic.

Body Coach Wicks will receive the same honour for helping people keep fit during the Covid-19 lockdown with online fitness classes.

The release of this year's list was postponed from June in order to include people, such as medical staff, fundraisers and volunteers who have been important in battling the deadly coronavirus.

Among those honoured also includes Good Morning Britain presenter Lorraine Kelly, 60, who has been awarded an CBE, former Great British Bake Off icon Mary Berry, 85, who will become a dame, and iconic 1990s fitness coach Mr Motivator, real name Derrick Evans, who will be an MBE.

Wicks, 34, said: "My childhood and how I grew up, 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'.

"But I've turned it around and I really am proud I've become this person who's helping people."

Manchester United ace Rashford dedicated his honour to his mum Melanie.

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He said: "As a young black man from Whythenshawe, never did I think I would be accepting an MBE, never mind an MBE at the age of 22.

"This is a very special moment for myself and my family, but particularly my mum who is real deserving recipient of the honour.

"The fight to protect our most vulnerable children is far from over."

Baker Berry, who has a legion of fans from her work judging The Great British Bake Off from 2010 to 2016, is being awarded a damehood for services to broadcasting, the culinary arts and charity.

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She said: "I just wish my parents and brothers were here to share my job, as my only achievement at school was just one O-level – in cookery of course.

"However, I am sure they are looking down and smiling."

Mr Motivator, 67, rose to prominence in the 1990s through his appearances on breakfast telly show GMTV.

He is being honoured for creating online home exercises during lockdown and hosting a week-long workout with former Page 3 favourite Linda Lusardi, 62, to raise money for Age UK's Emergency Coronavirus Appeal.

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The fitness instructor claimed he initially thought he was being "scammed" when told of the honour.

He said it was "wonderful to be acknowledged in this way," adding: "If only my parents were really here with me now, they would be so chuffed.

"But I think in spirit they are actually hovering up there and they are saying: 'Boy, you done good'.

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Actor David Suchet, 74 – most famous for playing detective Hercule Poirot – is being given a knighthood for services to drama and charity while rapper Dizzee Rascal has been made an MBE for services to music.

Along with the famous faces and key workers who have been honoured, others who have been recognised include those whose volunteering efforts have helped Britain's battle against coronavirus.

Among them are 100-year-old Dabirul Islam Choudhury, who is made an OBE after he raised an impressive £420,000 for Covid-19 charities while fasting during Ramadan.

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He walked 970 laps of his garden in Bow, east London, after being inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore, the Second World War veteran who raised a staggering £33million after pledging to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday in April.

Mr Choudhury said: "I feel proud they have honoured me for the efforts I have done. I thank everybody from the bottom of my heart."

Several experts working in the science, health and pharmaceutical fields have also been recognised for their efforts during the pandemic.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "This year's honours recipients are 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. I congratulate them all."

  • Lorraine Kelly
  • Marcus Rashford
  • Queen
  • Coronavirus
  • Joe Wicks

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