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Ex-Archers boss to be honoured

The long-time former editor of The Archers is among those to be honoured at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace today.

Vanessa Whitburn, who stepped down from the role in charge of the BBC Radio 4 show last year after 22 years in charge, will receive an OBE.

She was awarded the accolade for services to radio drama in the Queen's New Year Honours List.

Opera director John Copley, whose version of La Boheme is the Royal Opera's longest-running production of its most-performed work, will be given a CBE at the event.

Other recipients of honours are Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Fisher, of the Royal Tank Regiment, and Staff Sergeant James Forster, who will be awarded MBEs for services in Afghanistan.

Alan Parker, founder and chairman of City PR firm Brunswick, who made a number of generous personal gifts to Save the Children, as well as carrying out the role of chairman at the charity, will be knighted for services to business, charitable giving and philanthropy in the UK.

Another knighthood to be recognised today is former deputy governor of the Bank of England Paul Tucker.

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