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Another article about the OBEs (and Tim makes the earlobe joke ;)
13/06/2011 15:56 GMT

Posted by lisa

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Honours for broadcaster Jenni Murray and Goodies star Tim Brooke Taylor

Published on Saturday 11 June 2011 03:03

BARNSLEY-born broadcaster Jenni Murray said her only regret at being made a Dame was her parents are not alive to see it.

Murray, who has hosted Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour for more than 20 years, said she hoped her mother would be “looking down in delight” when she collects her honour at the palace for services to radio broadcasting.

Jenni, 60, who attended Barnsley Girls High School, said: “My one regret about this is I lost my parents four years ago, they died within a short time of each other, and my mother would have been demented with joy.

“It is strange how things are never quite as thrilling when you don’t have your parents to share it with. You realise everything you have striven for is to make your parents proud of you.”

Murray, who now divides her time between homes in London and the Peak District, was awarded an OBE in 1999.

Peak District-born comedy actor and writer Tim Brooke Taylor meanwhile receives an OBE for services to light entertainment.

The 70-year-old former member of The Goodies, from Buxton, said: “I’m very pleased and not to say a little surprised. At first I thought it was my son trying to con me!”

He and fellow former Goodie Graeme Garden said they were thrilled to be given OBEs - after spending years poking fun at the honours system.

Brooke-Taylor said: “Graeme used to say it would be better to be an Earl and an OBE - then you could be an ‘earlobe’.”

He added he was relieved to know Garden received an OBE at the same time, to avoid awkward phone calls. “I was wondering, ‘How am I going to say this?’,” he joked.

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