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New Year Honours: BEM for Didcot Christmas fair founder

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Image caption Jeanette Howse with a James Bond lookalike at the Didcot Christmas Street Fair

The founder of Didcot's Christmas Street Fair is among those recognised in the Queen's New Year's Honours.

Jeanette Howse, from East Hanney, receives a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to tourism.

She started Didcot's Christmas Street Fair in 1993, as a Didcot Chamber of Commerce member, to promote the town.

Others in Oxfordshire honoured include Paul William Armishaw, from Uffington, who receives a BEM for services to the community.

'I cried'

Ms Howse, 59, learned of her BEM on her birthday on 21 November when a Cabinet Office letter was sent to her home.

She said: "I cried. You don't do this because of what you will get out of it.

"I had an award from Didcot Town Council but you know with the Honours List there are many people out there who deserve it."

Judith Alison Goodall has been awarded a BEM for services to the community in Chilton, while John Barry Warburton receives a BEM for services to culture in Oxfordshire through the Wallingford Corn Exchange.

John David Peter Lubbock, from Wallingford, has been appointed OBE for services to the Orchestra of St John's and to people with autism and learning difficulties in the UK.

Prof Andrew Jonathan Bate, literary scholar and provost at Worcester College, University of Oxford, has been knighted for services to literary scholarship and higher education.

Oxfordshire's chief fire officer David Etheridge, who joined the county's Fire and Rescue Service 28 years ago, has been appointed OBE.

The 48-year-old said: "I was completely flabbergasted and shocked, but after a period of reflection, absolutely delighted and humbled in equal measure."