Hampshire & Isle of Wight

MBEs for Hampshire's Geoff Holt and Fred Dinenage

Geoff Holt (left) and Fred Dinenage
Image caption The Hampshire duo were both appointed MBE in the honours list

The first quadriplegic to sail solo across the Atlantic and a TV star are among those in Hampshire honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Southampton's Geoff Holt, who ended the 2,700-mile (4,345km) journey from Lanzarote to the British Virgin Islands in December, is made an MBE.

TV presenter Fred Dinenage, of Waterlooville, has been made an MBE.

Others honoured in the list include poet Wendy Cope for services to literature with an OBE.

Mr Holt, who was recognised for his services to disabled sailing, said: "I am absolutely flabbergasted, it has been a big shock.

"I have been fortunate enough to have been given awards in the past but this is recognition from the whole country.

'Enjoying myself'

"My next goal over the coming years is to sail around the world so hopefully these three letters after my name will bring in more support."

Fellow MBE Mr Dinenage, best known for his role on children's show How, said: "I'm being honoured for enjoying myself.

"I'm now in my 46th year of doing this and if I'd known it was going to last this long I would never have worried so much along the way."

Rodney Carr, former chief executive of the Royal Yachting Association, has been appointed a CBE for services to sailing.

Judge Khurshid Hassan Drabu was also made a CBE for services to community relations, along with Professor John Shepherd from the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton for services to science.

Midwife Suzanne Cunningham is also made an OBE for her services to midwifery.

Alick Brown was appointed MBE for voluntary service and Robin Courage was also made a MBE for services to disability sport.

Shirley Dyer, caretaker for College Park Infant School in Portsmouth, is recognised with an MBE for services to education.

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