Nottingham

Greyhound trainer Charlie Lister appointed OBE

One of the UK's most successful greyhound trainers has been appointed OBE in the New Year Honours.

Charlie Lister, from Newark in Nottinghamshire, has won six Greyhound Derbies and almost every other major honour during a glittering career.

The 71-year-old described the honour as "brilliant".

"I've had a good year with the finals we've won but I never dreamed I'd get anything like this - it's unbelievable," he said.

"I thought it was a bit of a wind-up when I first heard about it but it's good for me and it's good for greyhound racing."

Elsewhere in the county, school meals adviser Jeanette Orrey has been appointed MBE for her services to food in schools.

'Humbled and shocked'

Mrs Orrey is credited with inspiring Jamie Oliver's campaign for healthier school meals through her own work at St Peter's Primary School in East Bridgford.

The mother-of-three said: "I read the letter in my office when it came and was just shocked. Then I realised I couldn't tell anybody I was getting it.

"I'm delighted, honoured, humbled and shocked to have received it."

Sandra Warzynska has been appointed MBE in recognition of 30 years of service with Age UK Notts.

Nottinghamshire police officer Sarah Smithurst also becomes an MBE for services to the police, Crimestoppers and the British High Commission in Ghana.

Geoffrey Hall, former principal and chief executive of New College in Nottingham, has been knighted.

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