Tube workers honoured for courage in July 7 attacks

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John Boyle, a 48-year-old grandfather, helped guide the injured to safety after he rushed into Aldgate Tube station having heard the bomb go off. Today he was appointed an MBE for his actions. He said: "I couldn't believe it when I heard. I was just doing my job."

Also appointed MBEs were: David Boyce, the station supervisor who ran into the bomb-damaged tunnel at Russell Square Tube station to give first aid; Deborah Russell-Fenwick, a British Transport Police constable who tended those injured by the explosion on a bus in Tavistock Square; and William Kilminster, a London Ambulance Service paramedic who attended the bombed train between King's Cross and Russell Square.

More prestigious appointments went to senior staff who supervised the operation, including CBEs for Peter Hendry, a director of Transport for London, and Julie Dent, chief executive of the South West London Health Authority. Tim O'Toole, the head of London Underground, was created an honorary CBE, as he is a US citizen.

Four Britons involved in the Asian tsunami a year ago were also honoured, including Cynthia Ratcliffe, president of the Phuket International Women's Club, created a CBE for services to disadvantaged children and victims of the disaster.

Their names were among 915 on the list, of whom 37 per cent were women. They ranged, as usual, from celebrities to people in everyday jobs, including a postman, a dinner lady, a lollipop lady, a nursing auxiliary, a foster carer and a fishmonger. More than half were awarded the MBE. Women were outnumbered four to one among the 136 who received the more prestigious awards.

The singer Tom Jones, the jazz musician Johnny Dankworth and the playwright Arnold Wesker were among 23 men who were knighted. Other entertainers included Bruce Forsyth, the veteran comedian, and Peter Snow, the BBC journalist, who were both appointed CBE.

Sanjeev Bhaskar, the actor and writer, Robbie Coltrane, who plays Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, and the writer Jeanette Winterson were created OBEs. The radio presenter Johnnie Walker, and the singers Babette, Joy and Teddie Beverley, famous in the 1950s as the Beverley Sisters, were appointed MBEs.

From sport, there were awards for the entire England cricket team for bringing home the Ashes - but nothing Liverpool football club, who won the European Cup. Lord Coe, head of the successful 2012 Olympics bid, was appointed a KBE. Jonathan Ive, inventor of the iPod, was created a CBE. And the fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, credited with being one of the inventors of late-Seventies punk, became a Dame.