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New Year Honours: Ex-Jaguar test driver, 94, appointed OBE

Norman Dewis with a young lady and archive photo of his racing days Image copyright Norman Dewis
Image caption Norman Dewis, now 94 and pictured with a Jaguar owner, was a developer and test driver for more than 30 years

A 94-year-old Jaguar test driver has been appointed OBE in the New Year Honours.

Norman Dewis, from Shropshire, developed and trialled the sports cars for 33 years and has been recognised for services to the motor industry.

He still travels around the world, describing himself as an "unofficial ambassador" for Jaguar.

Among others, founder of the cross country national championships, Derek Hayward, from Wem, becomes an MBE.

Mr Dewis, who flew Blenheim bombers during World War Two, joined Jaguar in 1952, where he developed the C-type Le Mans car and a new Dunlop disc brake.

He went on to help develop the 190 mph D-type. He also accompanied Sir Stirling Moss on the 1952 Mille Miglia, a 1,000-mile race round Italy.

Apart from race car testing, Mr Dewis, who lives in Church Stretton, was also responsible for signing off all of Jaguar's road cars, including the E-type of 1961.

He describes himself on his website as: "Test driver - pushing to and past the physical limits."

Image copyright Jessie Miller
Image caption Women in northern Ghana are paid by Jessie Miller to make decorative hearts from buttons

Elsewhere in Shropshire, Jessie Miller, a gift-shop supplier from Oswestry, is honoured with the British Empire Medal for services to the community. She employs Ghanaian woman for a fair wage to make decorative hearts from buttons.

Heather Shepherd, from Shrewsbury, is appointed a MBE for her work with the National Flood Forum.

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