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  1. Skipping Sikh awarded MBE

    Rajinder Singh
    Image caption: Rajinder Singh

    A pensioner who has received an MBE at the first investiture ceremony since restrictions were lifted has thanked everyone for their love and support.

    Rajinder Singh was recognised for "services to health and fitness during Covid-19" after shooting to fame last year when his skipping videos helped raise thousands of pounds for the NHS.

    The 74-year-old, who is skipping the London marathon in October, said he was he was "humbled and honoured" to receive the award from the Prince of Wales at St James's Palace.

    He said: "He’s a similar age to me and I’d like to skip with Prince Charles one day. I’m really grateful and I don’t feel worthy of this medal.

    "I will continue to serve the country through selfless service as a Sikh, this is a key principle. I am really appreciative of the community and royal family who I’ve always wanted to meet."

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