Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ant and Dec Hoping OBEs Will Be Inspiring for Others

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Ant and Dec Hoping OBEs Will Be Inspiring for Others

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Byline: Gordon Barr What's On editor gordon.barr@ncjmedia.co.uk

THREE of Tyneside's favourite sons are celebrating today after being recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Televison's Ant and Dec and Newcastle United star Alan Shearer were all awarded gongs in Her Majesty's landmark 90th birthday celebrations.

Ant and Dec, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, were awarded OBEs, while Shearer, already holder of one, was given a CBE.

Ant and Dec said they were shocked but proud be given the honour - but not as much as their mums. They added that they hoped it would inspire youngsters to follow their dreams as they did and that their accolade shows that anything is possible.

The Geordie TV duo have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours for their services to broadcasting and entertainment. "This will definitely be the proudest our mams have ever been!" they told the Chronicle. "We are both shocked, but incredibly honoured to receive OBEs.

"We are just two ordinary lads from the west end of Newcastle. We hope us receiving this honour can inspire young people to chase their dreams and believe that anything is possible."

Ant and Dec, now both 40, have won dozens of TV awards since they first sprang to fame as PJ and Duncan an incredible 27 years ago in Byker Grove.

Since then the pair have become a national TV institution, with a host of hit shows through the years including Saturday Night Takeaway, Britain's Got Talent, I'm A Celebrity, SM:TV, CD:UK, Pop Idol, Friends Like These, The Ant and Dec Show and Unzipped.

"We absolutely love what we do and have done since we started out aged 13," they continued. "We are very passionate about the shows we present, and we were especially honoured this year to host both The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration and the 40 Years of the Prince's Trust documentary.

"What we do also allows us to work with some amazing charities that really do make a difference. 2016 has been a fantastic year so far, and we're so grateful for all the support we receive."

Meanwhile Shearer, England's Euro 96 captain, was recognised for his charitable services.

Already an OBE from 2001 for his services to football, he said:"I am very honoured and humbled by this award. …

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