Newspaper headlines: Honours for a 60s icon and 'ordinary heroes'

By BBC News

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Twiggy shot to fame in 1960s London

Many of the front pages feature photographs of the model Twiggy, who has been made a dame in the New Year Honours list.

The Mirror runs quotes from the iconic model, saying that keeping the news secret has been "purgatory", while Robert Hardman's profile of the 57-year-old in the Daily Mail praises her for never losing "her girl-next-door appeal" or her focus on "her core values".

The Daily Express and the i both focus on what they call the "everyday heroes" who have also been recognised in the list - such as the seven people honoured for their role in rescuing a football team from a cave in Thailand, and some of the first police officers to respond to the Manchester Arena terror attack.

An editorial in the Telegraph calls the list "gratifyingly obscure."

Migrant 'crisis'

The government's response to what the Daily Mail calls the migrant "crisis" features heavily on the front pages.

The Daily Telegraph claims Home Secretary Sajid Javid is resisting calls to increase Border Force patrols on the Channel, over fears it could encourage more migrants to attempt the crossing.

An editorial in the Daily Express questions how we can "call ourselves major players on the international stage when we cannot even police our own borders", saying that increasing patrols is the only way to stop further trafficking.

The Times reveals that hospital drug admissions for over-50s have quadrupled in the last decade.

It reports that the Royal College of Psychiatrists attributes the increase to baby boomers, who are "continuing the hedonistic lifestyles of their youth".

In contrast, the number of young people admitted as a result of drugs over the same period fell by 6%.

A spokesperson for charity Age UK told the paper that "health and social care professionals are not always as alert as they should be for the signs and symptoms of substance misuse in older people".

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The Financial Times highlights calls from the Big Issue Foundation for banks and the Financial Conduct Authority to do more to help their sellers to take contactless payments.

The charity is currently working with a Swedish company to trial a system that aims to help vendors maintain sales in an "increasingly cashless society".

But they say the technology requires sellers to have a bank account, which many Big Issues sellers can't get access to because they do not have a fixed address or proof of income.

Big night in

And it's famous for being the biggest blowout of the year, but it seems that most of us are planning to shun a big night out this New Year's Eve.

The Times says that more than two thirds of people in the UK will stay in this year, with 11% opting to attend house parties rather than going out to a bar or club.

That could be helping to fuel bumper sales of sparkling wine in British shops - the Guardian says that a record 164m bottles have been sold this year, with roughly a quarter of those being being earmarked for Christmas Day or New Year's Eve.