Mansfield taekwondo master among Nottinghamshire people honoured in Queen’s New Year’s list

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Community stalwarts from all over are to be given the ultimate award after making the Queen’s exclusive New Years honours list.

An OBE went to Adrian Tranter, of Mansfield Woodhouse President of British Taekwondo, for services to Martial arts.

Adrian has made an outstanding contribution to taekwondo in Mansfield and nationally.

As well as running a hugely successful taekwondo club in Mansfield for over 14 years, he is a key member of the European Taekwondo Union Executive Council and has also been the head of the Great Britain team at world-level events including the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

He has trained, guided, supported and mentored multiple national champions.

A select number of people across the county have made the elite list, which recognises outstanding achievement and the service of extraordinary people in Britain.

One local person that has been recognised is Shirebrook-born John Hurt, one of the one of the grand figures of TV and film, who is to receive a knighthood from the Queen for his services to drama.

The 74-year-old first developed an interest in acting at school but was discouraged by his parents and headteacher. Instead he went to art college with an eye to becoming a teacher himself.

Despite this, he earned himself a scholarship for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and picked up various TV and film roles until he appeared as Richard Rich in A Man For All Seasons, the role that turned out to be his major breakthrough.

He has since enjoyed great acting success and has had a distinguished career, taking him through a series of mesmerising performances, from the Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, through his title role in The Elephant Man to his brief incarnation as The Doctor last year in BBC One’s Doctor Who.

Here are the Nottinghamshire people honoured by the Queen in the New Years honours list.

Knights Bachelor

John Vincent Hurt, CBE. Actor. For services to Drama.

Professor Martyn Poliakoff, CBE, FRS. Research Professor of Chemistry,

University of Nottingham. For services to the Chemical Sciences.

(Beeston).

OBE

Mrs Tamsin Kate Baldwin. Executive director and Trauma Care Worker,

Imara. For services to Child Protection. (West Bridgford)

Professor Diane Joan Birch. Professor of Law University of Nottingham.

For services to Higher Education. (Bunny)

Derek Ernest Gee. For services to Business Charity and the community in

Nottingham. (Keyworth)

Surat Singh Sangha. Managing director Asiana Ltd. For services to

Entrepreneurship.

Professor Nigel James Sparrow. Senior National GP Adviser Care Quality

Commission. For services to Primary Care. (Nottingham)

Adrian Tranter.

Ms Rachel Catherine Wakeman. Executive director and Trauma Care Worker,

Imara. For services to Child Protection. (Mapperley Park)

MBE

Jason Peter Anker. Director Jason Anker Live Ltd. For services to Health

and Safety in the Construction Industry. (Newark)

Derek Ernest Gee. For services to Business Charity and the community in

Nottingham. (Keyworth)