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From sports stars and celebrities to those out of the spotlight, our honours recipients are deserving of tribute

Editor's Viewpoint

The Queen's Birthday Honours list is closely scrutinised by members of the public, and in the latest list, three of our major sporting stars are recognised.

Everyone will be pleased that the Northern Ireland soccer captain Steven Davis has been appointed MBE for his achievements with the national football team.

Last year the Northern Ireland squad warmed all our hearts with their performance in the Euro finals in France, as did our football fans because of their exemplary behaviour.

Northern Ireland has a good chance of reaching the World Cup finals in Russia, and this is due to the contributions of Steven Davis MBE and his team. Long may this continue.

The Ireland rugby captain Rory Best has received an OBE after a season when the team beat the All Blacks for the first time .

Rory, who has the rare distinction of winning more than 100 caps, has shown outstanding leadership qualities on the field, and he has consistently been a great ambassador for Northern Ireland.

The third sports person to be honoured is the Double World Superbike motorcycle champion Jonathan Rea, who is appointed MBE for his remarkable contribution to motorbike racing.

The celebrity broadcaster Gloria Hunniford receives an OBE for her services to cancer charities.

After the death of her daughter Caron Keating from breast cancer some 13 years ago, Gloria has turned this family tragedy into remarkable service by combining her own celebrity status with sheer hard work to raise millions of pounds for others.

One of the strengths of the honours system is its recognition also of the contribution of people from every walk of life, including business, education, healthcare, and religion .

These awards matter a great deal to the recipients, and to their families as well.

It is good to see such services and hard work acknowledged, and we heartily congratulate everyone involved.

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