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Locals recognised in New Year Honours

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A Bermondsey-based artist and the bosses of the Old Vic and Imperial War Museum are amongst those recognised in the 2007 New Year Honours List.

Robert Crawford, director-general of the Imperial War Museum, is knighted for services to museums. He joined the Lambeth Road museum in 1968 as a research assistant and has been director-general for just over a decade. Crawford is also a trustee of the Florence Nightingale Museum.

Artist Norman Ackroyd, who has his studio in Bermondsey's Morocco Street, gains the CBE for services to engraving and to printing.

Kevin Cahill, chief executive of Albert Embankment-based charity Comic Relief, is also awarded the CBE for services to charity.

The same honour is bestowed on Larry Hirst, country general manager of South Bank-based IBM UK, for services to the IT Industry.

Sally Greene, chief executive of the Old Vic Theatre Trust, receives the OBE for services to drama. Greene was one of the driving forces behind the campaign to save the world-famous Waterloo theatre.

Another local resident in this year's honours list is Kate Nash, former chief executive of RADAR (Royal Association of Disability and Rehabilitation), who also receives the CBE.

Moira Swinbank, chief executive of London Bridge-based national charity Timebank, receives the CBE for services to volunteering.

The MBE goes to Elephant & Castle resident Joseph Saunders, census returns indexer at the National Archives and Family Records Centre, for services to archiving.

Chief Superintendent Martin Bridger, Lambeth's borough police commander, receives the Queen's Police Medal. He says: "I am delighted and proud to receive this honour for my efforts over the past 30 years. I would like to acknowledge the significant contribution of so many friends and colleagues who have worked with and supported me during this time."

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