Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

It’s Status QuoBE as rockers are honoured

They have endured repeated bashings from the critics, a Radio One ban and decades of ridicule for their trademark three chord guitar licks — but now rock legends Status Quo have finally become part of the establishment.

After music careers spanning more than four decades, long-haired rock and rollers Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt have received the Royal seal of approval.

Despite their previously wild lifestyles the duo, the powerhouse of the band for 40 years, have each been awarded OBEs for their services to music and charity in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.

Rick Parfitt (61) said: “We've worked hard over the years and done a lot for Nordoff Robbins, the Prince's Trust and the Heart Foundation and other charities so I thought there had been a chance that we may have got something, but I had kind of given up hoping.

“To be perfectly honest, with all the hard work we have put in over the years I accept it graciously. I do think we deserve it with all that work and what we have done for charity.”

And Francis Rossi (60) said of his OBE: “Us, of all people! I'm not sure that we deserve it, but f*** it, I'm so made up, it's ridiculous.”

British and Irish Lions coach Ian McGeechan is among those from the world of sport to be honoured. The former Scotland player and coach has led a distinguished career both on and off the field and has been Knighted for his efforts. A veteran of seven Lions tours, two as a player and five as a coach, McGeechan most recently took charge of the elite tourists for their tour of South Africa earlier this year.

Formula One World Champion Jenson Button, who narrowly missed out on the Sports Personality of the Year title was awarded an MBE for services to motorsport while Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn was rewarded with an OBE for his services to motorsport.

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