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Knighthood for National Theatre boss Nicholas Hytner - plus other SE1 honours

National Theatre artistic director Nicholas Hytner and Borough Market restaurateur Iqbal Wahhab are among those with SE1 connections to be recognised in the New Year's Honours List.

Nicholas Hytner was appointed artistic director of the National Theatre in 2003 although his connections with the South Bank theatre stretch back two decades. He has been knighted in the New Year's Honours List.

Also receiving a knighthood is actor Patrick Stewart who lives at Bermondsey Wall West. He is proud of his Southwark connections and is a supporter of the Southwark Young Pilgrims project which trains local youngsters to provide tourist information to visitors.

Painter and sculptor Maggi Hambling, who has been a tutor at Morley College for more than three decades, receives the CBE. Hambling is also a patron of the Walworth Road-based charity CoolTan Arts.

The same honour goes to local resident Professor Janet Darbyshire, director of the Medical Research Council's clinical trials unit.

Southwark resident Nigel Kershaw, chief executive of Big Issue Invest and chairman of the Big Issue, receives the OBE for services to social enterprise.

Iqbal Wahhab, founder of the Roast restaurant at Borough Market and chairman of the Department for Work and Pensions ethnic minority advisory group, receives the OBE for public service and for services to the hospitality industry.

Performance poet Lemn Sissay, who is artist-in-residence at the Southbank Centre, receives the OBE.

Tabard Gardens resident Foluke Akinlose, founder and editor of Precious Online, is appointed MBE for services to the creative industries.

Chief Superintendent Malcolm Tillyer, formerly borough commander of Southwark Police, has been awarded the Queen's Police Medal.

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