Felicity Palmer tops Gloucestershire New Year Honours

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Image caption Cheltenham-born Felicity Palmer becomes a Dame for services to music

International opera star Felicity Joan Palmer tops the list of Gloucestershire people on the New Year Honours list.

The Cheltenham-born mezzo soprano is made a Dame for services to music. She was appointed CBE in 1993.

Museji Ahmed Takolia from Gloucester is made a CBE for services to diversity and to equal opportunities.

After almost 30 years at Cheltenham's National Star College, former principal Helen Sexton has been appointed OBE for services to Special Needs Education.

Other people in the county appointed OBE were Moira Swann from Lechlade for her work with children's services, Jenny Body for services to the defence industry and to engineering, Tetbury's John Patrick Chamberlain Collins for services to tourism and Sonia Rolt from Winchcombe for services to industrial archaeology and to heritage.

Joan Kingham was appointed MBE for services to the community of Dursley, as were Stroud's Robert David Langrishfor services to art, Stephen Lindsay from Stroud for services to the police and Sylvia Morris for voluntary service to Minchinhampton Centre for the Elderly.

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