Ambassador Theatre Group co-founder Howard Panter awarded knighthood

Howard Panter Howard Panter has been honoured for his services to theatre

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Howard Panter, the co-founder of the Ambassador Theatre Group, has been made a knight in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Sir Howard, from West Byfleet, has been honoured for his services to theatre.

Others honoured include opera singer Alan Opie, from Dorking, the winner of two Grammy Awards, who has been appointed OBE for services to music.

Diana Ellis from Lightwater, executive chairman of British Rowing, has been appointed DBE.

The new dame, who has been honoured for services to rowing, said: "I am obviously surprised but deeply honoured to be recognised in this way for serving and being part of a sport that has given me so much pleasure."

Sir Howard said he was "absolutely delighted" and "humbled" to receive the award.

"It is a source of great pride that Britain continues to recognise those within our world-renowned creative industries, and in particular in theatre," he said.

"I also believe the honour is in part a recognition of a great British success story, ATG [Ambassador Theatre Group]. "

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