Loads of honours awarded in the New Year Gongs. Special warm applause to the following, whose inclusion made me smile with appreciation. Much deserved.
Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Gillian Layne, Roger Perry (The Globe), Katherine Jenkins, Gillian Humphreys (Concordia), Loretta Tomasi (ENO), Margaret Murray (music teacher from London), Marios Papadopoulus, Steven Large and Gordon Speers (Portadown Male Voice Choir).
And the best saved until last … musical theatre goddess Angela Lansbury, and especially Elizabeth Barnes from Diss for ‘services to bell-ringing’.