New Year Honours in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear
- 31 December 2011
- From the section Tyne & Wear
A 68-year-old Northumberland volunteer and a musician from Newcastle are among those honoured by the Queen.
Mary Robinson, from Hexham, has volunteered for the British Red Cross for more than 50 years around the North East.
Each year the mother-of-three dedicates about 1,000 hours of her time to helping those in nearby communities and further afield.
Mrs Robinson said it was "such an honour" to be recognised.
Mrs Robinson is also an enthusiastic fund-raiser and has helped the Red Cross generate funds in the aftermath of disasters such as the tsunami in Japan, the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and the New Zealand earthquake in 2010.
She said: "I was so surprised when the letter arrived, and as I read it I thought, 'This can't be for me'. Then I cried.
"I never thought I would ever receive anything like this, so I am shocked and delighted.
"But I could never have done anything without the support of the other members and my family."
A musician from Newcastle, Clarence Sarkodee-Adoo, has been honoured for his services to music.
Mr Adoo, who was paralysed from the shoulders down after an accident when he was 35, has received an MBE.
He said: "I wondered at first whether it was a joke. I wasn't expecting or had any idea of receiving anything like this.
"I had to read it three or four times through and I think it's sinking in now."
Other people honoured in the North East include:
Trevor Mann, the senior vice president for manufacturing at Nissan Europe, is honoured for services to business in North East England.
The University of Sunderland's vice-chancellor, Prof Peter Michael Fidler MBE.
Prof James George Steele, Dean at Newcastle Dental School, is honoured for services to dentistry and oral health.
Durham Chief Constable Thomas Jonathan Stoddart, from Whitley Bay, who has previously received the Queen's Police Medal, is honoured for services to the police.
Stephen Bell, from Newcastle and chief executive of Cyrenians, is honoured for services to homeless people.
Paul Bidwell, an archaeologist from North Shields, is honoured for services to heritage.
June Elizabeth Foster, from Consett, head teacher of Moorside Community Primary School and the Arthur's Hill Federation in Newcastle, is honoured for services to education.
Christine Haddock, from Durham, who is the head teacher of Larkspur Community Primary School, Gateshead, is honoured for services to education.
Julie Anne Luther, from Durham, who is the clinical director at HMP Frankland, Ministry of Justice.
Linda Moore, from Newcastle, group director and vice-principal at Newcastle College, is honoured for services to further education.
Prof Ella Ritchie, deputy vice-chancellor of Newcastle University, is honoured for services to Higher Education.
Arthur John Row, from Blyth, who is Deputy Pension Centre Manager, at the International Pension Centre, Pension, Disability and Carers Service, Department for Work and Pensions.
Prof Stephen James Singleton, medical director and regional director of public health, NHS North East in Newcastle, is honoured for services to public health.
Dorothy Margaret Best, from Newcastle, a physical education teacher and school sports volunteer in County Durham, is honoured for services to physical education.
Ian Crampton, from Carville near Durham, is honoured for services to national and local charities.
Dr William Francis Cunningham, a GP at Corbridge Health Centre in Northumberland, is honoured for services to primary care.
Anthony John Gray, from Newcastle, is honoured for services to the voluntary sector in Northumberland.
Sally Hancox, from Durham, is honoured for services to reducing carbon emissions and fuel poverty in social housing.
Dorothy Hardy, from Newcastle, a national park voluntary ranger, is honoured for services to conservation.
Julie Lightfoot, from South Shields, a managing director at Solar Solve Marine, is honoured for services to international trade.
Joan Little, executive officer from Houghton-le-Spring, is honoured for her work with the complaints and appeals directorate, child maintenance and enforcement commission, Department for Work and Pensions.
Gustav Macleod, from Chathill in Northumberland, chairman of governors at Thomas Bewick Special School, Newcastle, is honoured for services to education.
Derek Edward Thomas Nicholson, from Newcastle, chairman of governors for Cramlington Learning Village; governor of The King's School, Tynemouth, and the Registrar Emeritus at Newcastle University, is honoured for services to education.
John Damian Waugh, from Chester-le-Street, chairman of governors at Our Lady Queen of Peace School in Tyne and Wear, is honoured for services to education.