Woman behind the Barbour is a Dame

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Margaret Barbour, the woman who made the eponymous wax jacket an international fashion label, has gained one of the highest honours in the New Year list.

The 61-year-old, who took over the family company, established in 1894, on her husband's death in 1968, becomes a Dame. She made the distinctive wax Barbour jackets, once the preserve of the country set in England, popular in Paris, Italy and North America.

Other recipients of honours include people who have made a contribution to their local communities, such as the chief scout, William Purdy, who was made a CBE.

Colin Grindy, a firefighter in Derbyshire, is created MBE for his contribution to the service.

The woman who quit her job in the City to forge a career turning prisoners into opera singers is appointed OBE. Wasfi Kani, who as founder of Pimlico Opera turns convicts into tenors in Britain's jails, started her unusual career with a production of Sweeney Todd in Wormwood Scrubs. Another musical honour goes to Mary Berry, of Cambridge, appointed CBE for "services to plainsong and Gregorian chant."

Isabel Bisset Henderson, who lives in the Highlands of Scotland, was created OBE for "services to art of the Pictish period".