Tyne & Wear

Queen's Birthday Honours: Tyne and Wear community heroes recognised

Ken Gibson
Image caption Mr Gibson helped turn around Jarrow school

A head teacher and the man in charge of the Sage Gateshead are among those on the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Ken Gibson, executive head teacher of Harton Technology College, in South Tyneside, and Sunderland's Academy 360, receives a knighthood.

Sage general director Anthony Sargent receives a CBE as does County Durham-born comedian and actor Rowan Atkinson.

Community champions in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland who have spent years helping others are recognised too.

Arts service

Mr Gibson, who also spent time helping to turn around Jarrow School, is recognised for services to education.

Mr Sargent has been at the Gateshead music venue since it opened in 2004 and receives his honour for services to the arts in the north-east of England.

Professor Mike Griffin, consultant surgeon and professor of gastrointestinal surgery at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, receives an OBE.

Newcastle-based senior education advisor for the Department for International Development, Barbara Payne, also receives an OBE for services to education in developing countries.

Among those honoured for work in their communities is Eric Lamb with a British Empire Medal for charitable community services in Newcastle.

The 83-year-old has given 65 years to a number of causes from becoming involved with the Scouts in 1947 and puts his years of volunteering down to a desire to "always keep very busy".

Among other recognised are those who have inspired people to take part in sport, promoted inter-faith relations and provided valuable support to their communities.