Hampshire & Isle of Wight

New Year Honours: First Antiques Roadshow host Bruce Parker made MBE

Bruce Parker
Image caption Bruce Parker presented BBC regional news programme South Today for 35 years

Former presenter of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow Bruce Parker has been appointed MBE in the New Year Honours.

Mr Parker, who also presented BBC regional news programme South Today for 35 years, has been recognised for his charity and community work in Hampshire and on the Channel Islands.

He is chairman of the Friends of Winchester Cathedral, and a trustee.

He also chairs the educational charities Elizabeth College Foundation and Gibson Fleming Trust in Guernsey.

Mr Parker, from Andover, said he was "absolutely over the moon and thrilled to bits" by the appointment.

"It came quite out of the blue and I am very proud," he added.

"I am accepting it on behalf of, and sharing it with, all of the dedicated people I work with in charity."

Mr Parker is also vice-patron of both the Hampshire and Isle of Wight's Air Ambulance and Smile Support and Care charities, and an ambassador for Leukaemia Busters in Southampton.

He is also a former chairman of Winchester's Harestock School governors and Appleshaw Parish Council.

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Image caption Sir Roger Bannister has been made a Companion of Honour (CH) in the Queen's New Year Honours

Other people across the South of England who have been recognised in the New Year Honours list include:

  • Former athlete Sir Roger Bannister, who ran the first sub-four-minute mile at Iffley Road track in Oxford in 1954, has been made a Companion of Honour (CH)
  • Oxford Brookes University chancellor and champion rower Katherine Grainger has been made a dame for her services to rowing and charity
  • Dorset-based champion sailors Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills have each been appointed MBE for services to sailing
  • Paralympic swimmer Alice Tai, from Poole, has been made an MBE for services to swimming
  • Chairman of Cancer Research UK Michael Pragnell, from Hampshire, has been appointed a CBE for services to cancer research
  • Southampton's Ian Walker has been made an MBE for services to Olympic and international competitive sailing
  • Field hockey players Hollie Webb, Madeleine Hinch, Hannah MacLeod and Lily Owsley, from Maidenhead, have each been appointed MBE for services to the sport
  • Maidenhead's Kate Richardson-Walsh, who is already an MBE, has been appointed OBE for services to hockey

In the 1960s Mr Parker led a local radio pilot for schools on the Channel Islands which later contributed to the establishment of the BBC's local radio network in the UK.

Brought up in Guernsey, he was the first host of the BBC's Antiques Roadshow, which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year.

The 75-year-old was also a presenter of Nationwide, hosted BBC One's 1970s music and arts series Mainstream, and presented and produced BBC Radio 4 programmes.

He achieved worldwide prominence when he led the BBC's coverage of the raising of the Mary Rose at Portsmouth in 1982.

He was subsequently in charge of BBC South's political programming.

He has also won several Royal Television Society awards and is the author of a number of books.