New Year Honours 2016: Barbara Windsor and AP McCoy head list
30 December 2015
From the section UK
Media captionBarbara Windsor: “Dame Babs sounds nice doesn’t it”
Veteran actress Barbara Windsor has been made a dame on a New Year Honours list which also recognises the achievements of jockey AP McCoy with a knighthood.
The honour for Dame Barbara, 78, best known for playing pub landlady Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders and for her roles in the Carry On films, is for services to charity and entertainment.
McCoy, the 20-time champion jockey, who won the lifetime achievement award at this month’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year, becomes Sir Tony for services to horse racing.
A total of 1,196 people are on the list, with just over three quarters of the recipients people who have undertaken work in their local community.
Dame Barbara, 78, who is also an ambassador for Age UK, said she was “proud and extremely humbled”.
“For a girl from the East End born into a working-class family and an evacuee during World War Two, this is truly like a dream,” she said.
Source:: BBC UK