Quentin Blake to be knighted
PUBLISHED: 00:05 29 December 2012
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Sidcup-born illustrator Quentin Blake has received a knighthood in the New Year Honours.
The artist, who is most famous for his collaboration with Roald Dahl, was interviewed by the Bexley Times to mark his 80th birthday this month.
Upon receiving his honour, he said: “It’s quite a nice birthday present. “It’s quite a nice birthday present.
“I haven’t quite got used to it yet, but I’m very pleased. I’ve already had an OBE and a CBE so it does prepare you for these things.”
He has published many books in his own right and his honour recognises his involvement in the House Of Illustration, a permanent museum and gallery for which he has pledged his entire archive.
It also marks his work in brightening the lives of people in hospitals by creating specially-commissioned artworks.
“It is even more valuable to me because it is for things that aren’t finished - it relates to projects that are still ongoing.”
Singer-songwriter Kate Bush was also awarded a CBE. The star, who was born in Bexleyheath in July 1958, studied piano and violin at St Joseph’s Convent Grammar School in Abbey Wood where she was spotted by Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd. She signed a contract with EMI at the tender age of 16.
Her first hit, Wuthering Heights, was number one in the British charts for four weeks in 1978.
Also honoured from Sidcup were Frances Theresa Duffy, who works in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, was given an OBE for public service to the Royal Wedding and Diamond Jubilee along with Ashley Hugh Roberts, of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for services to the UK automotive industry.