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Names in music to receive knighthoods

Bee Gees legend Barry Gibb is knighted and Strictly star Darcey Bussell made a Dame in the New Year’s Honours list.

Stayin’ Alive singer Barry, 71, said of becoming a Sir: “The magic, the glow and the rush will last me the rest of my life.”

He is the last surviving member of the superstar trio — loved for their hits from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

Barry, who is recognised for services to music and charity, dedicated the honour to his late brothers and former bandmates Robin and Maurice.

He added: “This is a moment in life to be treasured and never forgotten.

“I want to acknowledge how responsible my brothers are for this honour. It is as much theirs as it is mine.”

Former ballerina Darcey, 48 — now a judge on Strictly Come Dancing — said she was “truly humbled” by her honour for services to dance.

Soft Cell star MARC ALMOND a self-described maverick, receives an OBE.

The Tainted Love singer, 60 — who suffered a near-fatal motorbike crash 13 years ago — admitted he was still a “little bit” anti-establishment, despite accepting the award.

But he added: “I can’t really be a rebel any more. I think it’s time to leave it to younger people.”

Celebrations will be taking place at The Cavern Club in Liverpool tonight to mark the knighthood for Beatles legend RINGO STARR — exclusively revealed by The Sun on Sunday this week.

In a short message, the 77-year-old drummer said: “It’s great! It’s an honour and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledged for my music and my charity work, both of which I love. Peace and love. Ringo.”

There are also gongs for actor HUGH LAURIE and breakfast TV veteran EAMONN HOLMES, both 58.

Night Manager and House star Hugh is made a CBE for services to drama.

Eamonn said his OBE for services to broadcasting was a “wonderful accolade”.

He said: “It’s like getting a gold star for your homework — 2018 will be my 38th year as a broadcaster and I can’t think of a better way of marking that.”

Britain’s first ever astronaut HELEN SHARMAN, 54, receives a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.

Author of a string of saucy novels JILLY COOPER, 80, is made a CBE.

Children’s author MICHAEL MORPURGO, 74, said he will give his knighthood to his character Joey from his best-known story War Horse.

LYNNE FRANKS, 69, the PR guru who inspired the popular TV comedy Absolutely Fabulous, receives an OBE.

“Godfather of Grime” WILEY is made an MBE for his services to music. The 38-year-old star, real name Richard Cowie, said: “It feels like the school grade I wanted and didn’t get but now I’m finally there.”

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