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Cookery writer Mary Berry receives CBE

Mary Berry
Image caption Mary Berry has written more than 70 cookery books and sold millions of copies

Cookery writer and broadcaster Mary Berry from Buckinghamshire is among those to be recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Ms Berry, who has been made a CBE, is one of the UK's best-known cookery writers and appeared on television co-presenting The Great British Bake Off.

She has written more than 70 cookery books and has sold millions of copies.

The honours also see Peter Birkett, chief executive of Barnfield College in Luton receiving a knighthood.

He is being honoured for his services to further education and the academy movement

In 2007, Barnfield was the first further education college to sponsor two underperforming secondary schools, create academies and form a federation.

In under three academic years, GCSE results more than tripled in both academies.

From a position of special measures, they were judged as Outstanding and Good by Ofsted, the highest results achieved in the history of these schools.

Other people living in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire to be given awards include Professor Janet Thornton, head of the European Bioinformatics Institute, who was made a Dame for services to bioinformatics, the application of computer science to the field of biology and medicine.

Matthew Robert King was made an OBE for services to people with disabilities and charity fund-raiser Frank Stapleton, who raises money for The MS Therapy Centre, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire, has been made an MBE for services to people with MS and their families.

Former chief executive of The Children's Society, Robert Reitemeier, from Hertfordshire, has been made a CBE for services to children.

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