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John Surtees among Kent personalities recognised in New Year’s Honours List

PUBLISHED: 22:30 30 December 2015

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File photo dated 14/3/1966 of John Surtees who has received a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 New Year's Honours List. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday December 30, 2015. See PA HONOURS stories. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire

EMBARGOED TO 2230 WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 30 File photo dated 14/3/1966 of John Surtees who has received a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2016 New Year's Honours List. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday December 30, 2015. See PA HONOURS stories. Photo credit should read: PA/PA Wire

Lower Hardres’ Heather Rabbatts received a damehood for public service and services to football and equality

Formula One legend John Surtees has received a CBE to go with his OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

The 81-year-old, the only man to win world titles on two and four wheels, recently bought Buckmore Park circuit in Chatham and was honoured for services to motorsport.

John Surtees, the only man to win world titles on two and four wheels, has been awarded a CBE in recognition of his services to motor sport.

He won seven world motorcycling championships between 1956 and 1960, before trying his luck in car racing, initially for the Lotus team.

Surtees joined Ferrari in 1963 and secured the Formula One world title with the Italian team the following year.

Asked what had been the highlight of his life in an interview with the Daily Telegraph to mark his 80th birthday last year, Surtees said: “Doing something that I was emotionally involved in, on and off the track, and being fortunate enough to get paid for it.”

He left Ferrari in acrimonious circumstances in 1966, and admitted in quotes on his official website johnsurtees.com: “The parting was costly to Ferrari and to me.

“I believe we lost one or two World Championships as a result.”

He set up Team Surtees in 1970, but, despite some success in other motorsport series, they were unable to establish themselves in Formula One and he retired from racing in 1972.

“The main thing is that whatever I’ve done, I’ve done from the heart,” he said.

“I have loved being involved in first building and riding motorcycles and then driving cars - but above all, competing.”

Surtees set up the Henry Surtees Foundation charity in 2010 in honour of his son, who was killed at the age of 18 in a racing accident at Brands Hatch the previous year.

Lower Hardres’ Heather Rabbatts, chief executive of Lambeth council, and the first woman to be appointed a director of The FA, was given a damehood for public service and services to football and equality.

There were Knight Bachelor honours for William Fittall, for services to the CofE, Steve Lancashire. founder and CEO of REAch2, for services to education and Tenterden’s John Uren for philanthropic service.

Recipients of MBEs and OBEs from Kent included the following.

Martin Howarth of the department for education was given an MBE for services to children and education.

Christopher Hutton from Hawkhurst. chief financial officer, City of London Academies was given an MBE for services to education.

Deal’s Austen Marsh, executive officer, Coquelles Freight was given an MBE for services to border security.

Hilary Dobbie, from Tunbridge Wells, former principal at Moor House School and College received an MBE for services to children with SEN and disabilities.

Colin Gurnett received an MBE for voluntary service to the community.

Sheerness’ Kim Arrowsmith, manager, Matchbox Day Nursery was given an MBE for services to children and families.

Dolores Bray-Ash, from Sevenoaks, chair of Early Years Network received an MBE for services to children and families.

Beverley Barclay, director of clinical services, The J’s Hospice, was given an MBE for services to nursing.

Maidstone’s George Batts, Normandy Veterans’ Association, received an MBE for voluntary service to veterans.

Frederick Wood-Brignall was given an MBE for services to the community in Lydd and Romney Marsh.

Gillingham’s Philip Mason, department for international development, received an OBE for services to international anti-corruption policy.

Gerard McQuillan, former senior adviser at Arts Council England received an OBE for services to public arts collections.

Canterbury’s Kevin Murphy, ExCel London received an OBE for services to business tourism.

Helen Parrett, principal, Bromley College received an OBE for services to further education.

Sevenoaks’ Susannah Schofield received an OBE for services to small businesses, young people and women in business.

Maidstone’s Venessa Willms. director of primary education, ARK Schools, received an OBE for services to education.

Sevenoaks’ William Bell, head of child protection, Save the Children UK, was given an OBE for humanitarian services to children.

Lester Benjamin, deputy director of operations, Palace of Westminster, received an OBE for parliamentary service.

Canterbury’s Hannah Carmichael, trustee, Depaul UK, was given an OBE for services to homeless and vulnerable young people.

Peter Fleming, Sevenoaks council leader, received an OBE for services to local government.

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