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Champion of Kent Amanda Cottrell in honours list

image captionMs Cottrell becomes an OBE in the New Year Honours list for her services to the community

A Kent woman has become an OBE in the New Year Honours list for her services in promoting the county.

Amanda Cottrell, who chairs Visit Kent, was recognised for her services to the community.

Colleagues described Ms Cottrell, who lives in Challock near Ashford, as a "remarkable person" and "one in a million".

As well as her work with Visit Kent, Ms Cottrell is a trustee of Canterbury Cathedral and Kent Wildlife Trust.

She is also a vice president of the Canterbury Festival and chairs Fairbridge Kent, a charity that supports young people in Medway.

Ms Cottrell served as a magistrate for more than 20 years and has also been a school governor and county president of the Kent Girl Guides.

'Tremendous energy'

Sandra Matthews-Marsh, the chief executive of Visit Kent, said: "To anyone who is lucky enough to know Amanda, this honour will be no surprise.

"She is one in a million with tremendous energy and drive."

Others to be honoured in Kent include Bobby Cummines, the chief executive of UNLOCK, the National Association of Ex-offenders.

image captionBobby Cummines, the chief executive of UNLOCK, becomes an OBE in the New Year Honours list

Mr Cummines, of Lordswood near Chatham, who studied with the Open University while in prison, becomes an OBE.

Another recipient is Colin Carmichael, the chief executive of Canterbury City Council, who becomes an OBE for services to local government.

Dr Peter Cullum, of Sevenoaks, chairs the Towergate Partnership, an insurance company in Maidstone.

He has been recognised for his services to business and charity.

Veteran journalist Sandy Gall, who lives in Penshurst, Kent, was also recognised by the Queen.

The 83-year-old has been awarded the CMG order of St Michael and St George for charity work in Afghanistan.