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|British Schindler Honoured by the Queen
- Other New Year gongs go to Lawrences
NICHOLAS WINTON, also known as Britain's Schindler, was among those handed a knighthood by the Queen in the traditional New Year's Honours List.
Winton, now 93, helped 669 Jewish children to escape Nazi-run Czechoslovakia during the Second World War but kept his story to himself for most of the intervening years.
Other notable knighthoods went to actor Alan Bates and film director Ridley Scott, maker of Gladiator.
Lesser honours went to Neville and Doreen Lawrence, whose campaign for justice after their son Stephen was the victim of a racist murder in south east London, commanded enormous respect. The Lawrences each received an Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal, as did Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance, actress Brenda Blethyn and comedian Jasper Carrot.