Six LJMU Honorary Fellows have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list 2017, including Kate Richardson-Walsh (pictured above).
It’s all rise for legendary native of Knotty Ash, Ken Dodd, who has received a Knighthood for services to entertainment and charity. The 89 year old, whose comedy is rooted in the music hall tradition and has also had dramatic roles in television and film, continues to tour with his comedy and music show.
Shirley Hughes has been appointed a CBE for services to literature. The author and illustrator has written more than fifty books, which have sold more than 11.5million copies, and has illustrated more than two hundred. She was born in West Kirby in 1927 where she grew up, the daughter of a Liverpool store owner.
James Jones, retired Bishop of Liverpool between 1988 and 2013 was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) a Knighthood for services to bereaved families and justice.
Kate Richardson-Walsh, captain of Team GB’s gold medal-winning women’s hockey team led her team to victory in last year’s Rio Olympics after receiving her LJMU Honorary Fellowship back in July 2015. She has been awarded an OBE for services to hockey, to accompany her MBE.
Dame Lorna Muirhead, former President of the Royal College of Midwives, has been appointed as a Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (DCVO) in recognition for her services to Her Majesty as Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside.
Finally, star of stage and screen, Patricia Routledge, has been awarded a DBE for services to theatre and charity. Most widely known for her role of the snobbish suburban housewife Hyacinth Bucket, Patricia, 87, originally from Birkenhead, has had an illustrious 65 year career in film, TV and theatre. She made her professional stage debut at the Liverpool Playhouse in 1952 and her Broadway debut in How's the World Treating You in 1966. She won the 1968 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in Darling of the Day, and the 1988 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Candide.
Professor Nigel Weatherill, said: “I am delighted to see so many of our Honorary Fellows receive such prestigious accolades. From sport to stage, these achievers are a great representation of what the city of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University is globally-renowned for and I extend my warm congratulations to all.”