Fashion designer Katharine Hamnett in bumper list of Hackney New Year’s honours

Honours for achievements in areas as diverse as fashion and housing

TEN Hackney residents have been named in 2011’s New Year’s honours list.

Most well known is fashion designer Katharine Hamnett, of Richmond Road, Hackney, who is being appointed a CBE for services to fashion.

She is known for her oversized slogan t-shirts, including ‘Choose Life’ and the anti-nuclear missile ‘58% Don’t Want Pershing’, which she wore to meet former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, alongside her attempts to make the fashion industry both environmentally friendly and ethical.

Also appointed a CBE is Clapton resident, Professor Nicholas Tyler, head of department and Chadwick Professor of civil engineering at University College London, for services to technology.


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Artistic director of Artes Mundi Jane Jackson, from Shoreditch, is being appointed an OBE for services to art. Nargis Khan, deputy chairwoman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, who lives in Stoke Newington, receives one for services to local government.

Being appointed an MBE are Stoke Newington resident Gordon Bell for services to the community in Hackney. Clapton resident Andrew Coggins, the executive director of charity Dance United, which transforms the lives of young offenders by teaching them contemporary dance, receives onee for services to contemporary dance and to disadvantaged people.

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Also collecting MBEs are Shoreditch residents Laraine Callow, director of Deafworks, for services to deaf and hearing impaired people and Stephanie Currie for services to the City of London Corporation and to charity.

Stoke Newington resident Christopher Larter, and chairman of the Hackney Homes board Rupert Tyson are also being appointed MBEs for voluntary service to Hackney Schools Athletic Association and for services to housing in Hackney respectively.

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