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7/7 heroes honoured with New Year awards

A series of people were recognised, ranging from public transport boss who co-ordinated the response to a station supervisor.

india Updated: Dec 31, 2005 18:47 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The "immense" courage shown by medics, emergency workers and transport staff following the July 7 London bombings was honoured today in the annual New Year awards from Britain's Queen Elizabeth.

A series of people were recognised, ranging from the public transport boss who co-ordinated the response to the string of blasts which killed 56 people, to a station supervisor who sprinted into one tunnel to provide first aid.

Among more famous names in the queen's New Year Honours list, handed out by the monarch but chosen in fact by government ministers and officials, is veteran Welsh singer Tom Jones, who now becomes Sir Tom.

England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, who guided his side to their first Ashes win against Australia in 18 years was also garlanded, becoming - in the somewhat flowery manner of the awards - an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, or OBE for short.

His players all become Members of the order, or MBEs.

However, this year's honours list was dominated by the events of July 7, when four presumed suicide bombers blew themselves up on three packed London Underground trains and a bus, killing themselves and 52 others.

The swift, efficient and in some cases overwhelmingly brave response to the attacks, for which London had been braced, was widely credited with preventing the death toll being much higher.

"These people showed immense strength of spirit and courage in the face of terrorism on our transport system," a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Tony Blair said.

First Published: Dec 31, 2005 18:47 IST