There are hardly any tech people on the Queen's Birthday Honours List

Ray Weaver
June 17, 2017

A long-serving DUP counillor has said he is "delighted and humbled" to be recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Those honoured from the world of entertainment include chart-topper Ed Sheeran and comedian David Walliams, with the honours committee describing the list as the most diverse yet.

Also in the new Queen's Birthday Honours list, BBC Radio 3 In Tune presenter Sean Rafferty has been awarded an MBE for services to Broadcasting.

Among those awarded an MBE are Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis for services to football and motorcycle champion Jonathan Rea for services to the sport.

Police Sergeant Gwyneth Buchanan, who was one of the first officers to specialise in supporting victims of domestic abuse, received an MBE for services to policing and the community.

Gordon Griffin, who has recorded nearly 800 audiobooks throughout his career, has been awarded the honour for services to audiobooks and charity.

Oscar-winning actress Olivia de Havilland, who turns 101 next month, will also become a dame.

Among those honoured, the Queen has awarded Harry Potter author JK Rowling The Order of the Companion of Honour.

Prison governor Austin Treacy received an OBE for services to reducing re-offending and community safety.

Finally, technology investor Mark Mason receives an MBE for services to the digital economy.

Sir Billy, affectionately known as the Big Yin and famed for his often irreverent stand-up routines, is knighted at the age of 74 in recognition of his services to entertainment and charity. The actress (52) has appeared in "Coronation Street", "Last Tango in Halifax" and won a Bafta for her role in police drama "Happy Valley" earlier this year.

Sheila and Trevor Fairhurst, parents of 19-year-old Carly, whose then boyfriend was convicted of her manslaughter in 2006, are awarded MBEs for their services to people who have suffered domestic abuse.

Another name awarded this year is Melvyn Morris, a non-executive chairman of game developer King.

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