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Bruce Forsyth, Jenni Murray and Jessica Ennis Honoured in Queen’s Birthday List

13th June 2011

Showbiz star Bruce Forsyth, world athletics champion Jessica Ennis and Woman’s Hour presenter Jenni Murray have been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday List.

Bruce, who has been in showbusiness for 72 years, admitted that he was overwhelmed after being knighted.

He said: "I was very emotional because of all the people who wanted me to have this. It’s the pinnacle for me. Nothing can top this."

He added: "And before you ask, no, I'm not going to retire."

The world and European heptathlon champion and world indoor pentathlon champion Jessica Ennis has been appointed MBE. The Sheffield-born athlete spoke of her pride: "It is hard to put into words what it feels like to get such an honour in recognition of my sporting achievements. I love my sport and can't think of anything I would want to do more, and to be recognised for the years of hard work and the success I have had over the past two years means so much."

Jenni Murray, presenter of BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, has been appointed OBE. She has never been afraid to tackle controversial issues on air and was the first to discuss the menopause, homosexuality and cohabitation. In those early days listeners were warned of 'racy' content when Jenni took to the airwaves! She has been described admiringly as having a ‘well stocked mind’.

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