Tyne & Wear

Steve Cram recognised in New Year Honours list

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Image caption Steve Cram - 1,500m world champion in 1983 - is now a BBC commentator

Former world champion athlete Steve Cram has been recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours list.

The "Jarrow Arrow" has been appointed a CBE for his recent work as chairman of the English Institute of Sport.

In 1985, the middle distance runner broke world records in the 1,500 metres, 2,000 metres and the mile.

Others honoured from the region include a couple who have fostered more than 100 children and a woman involved with the Girl Guide movement for 50 years.

Foster parents John and Linda Greener have been appointed MBE for services to children and families.

The pair, aged 64 and 63 and from Chopwell, are regularly consulted by the local social services training manager.

Carol Falconer, who spent more than 50 years as a dedicated volunteer to Girl Guiding, has become a MBE for services to young people.

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Image caption Carol Falconer was appointed an MBE for services to young people

The 74-year-old from Jarrow said: "I was most surprised when I read the letter, it only sank in after reading it three times.

"This means a great deal to me, as it is a way of promoting the Guide movement.

"It is also a great honour, to receive such an award."