Arise Sir Ringo: Beatles drummer knighted in UK honors checklist

LONDON (Reuters) – Ex-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has been knighted in Queen Elizabeth’s New Year’s honors checklist, together with Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb and writer Michael Morpurgo, whereas ballet dancer Darcey Bussell turns into a dame.

Ringo, 77, actual title Richard Starkey, joined the Beatles as a alternative drummer for Pete Best in 1962 and sometimes sang lead vocals, notably in “Yellow Submarine” and “With a Little Help from my Friends.”

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Beatle in 1988 and once more in 2015 for his solo profession after the group cut up up.

Gibb, 71, is the British musician who co-founded the Bee Gees along with his brothers Robin and Maurice and went on to document a string of pop classics together with “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever” from the movie “Saturday Night Fever.”

English writer Morpurgo, 74, is finest identified for kids’s novels like “War Horse” and was Children’s Laureate from 2003 to 2005.

FILE PHOTO: Musician Ringo Starr poses throughout a “Peace & Love” event to have fun Starr’s 77th birthday in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Bussell, 48, is a former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet and at present one of many 4 judges within the long-running BBC TV ballroom contest “Strictly Come Dancing.”

The New Year’s honors have been awarded since Queen Victoria’s reign within the 19th century and purpose to acknowledge not simply well-known figures however these who have contributed to nationwide life by typically selfless and unsung contributions over a few years.

In that class, Margaret Jamieson, of the Blue Door charity store on the Scottish island of Orkney is acknowledged, together with Geoffrey Evans, an area councillor in Falmouth, Cornwall for over 40 years.

Actor Hugh Laurie receives the CBE medal, as does writer Jilly Cooper and the previous editor of British Vogue journal Alexandra Shulman.

England ladies’s cricket captain Heather Knight is made an OBE whereas hip hop artist Richard Cowie, aka Wiley, is made an MBE, together with Paralympian athlete Stefanie Reid.

The biannual honors checklist is launched on the Queen’s official birthday in June and on the finish of every yr. The checklist is printed by the Cabinet Office and will be seen at

Reporting by Stephen Addison, enhancing by Andy Bruce

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