Queen honours king of comedy

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One of Britain’s Kings of Comedy has been honoured by the Queen.

Tim Brooke-Taylor, who has been awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, was born in Buxton and educated at the former Buxton College.

Most famous as one of TV’s The Goodies along with Graeme Garden - who was also made an OBE – and Bill Oddie, Tim has had a long career as a writer and performer.

Now aged 70, he began his comedy career at Cambridge University, and became President of the Footlights club, touring internationally with the Footnights revue in 1964.

Radio shows followed with the BBC’s anarchic I’m Sorry, I’ll Read That Again, and he also starred on television in At Last the 1948 Show, almost a prototype for Monty Python’s Flying Circus, with old Cambridge friends John Cleese and Graham Chapman.

Tim has also been a panellist on radio’s wacky I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue for nearly 40 years.

But one of his greatest claims to fame is having co-written the famous Four Yorkshiremen sketch, where each outbids the other in tales of character-forming childhood misery.

And that’s a long way from his own early years, Tim told the Advertiser.

“I am very proud of my Buxton upbringing and mention it all the time,” he said.

“It was a very happy childhood and, although there is a danger of viewing this through rose-tinted glasses, I think of it as I and my friends being like Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ – though I definitely wasn’t Timmy the dog.

“I am also very proud of my OBE and thank Buxton for helping me towards it.”

• Chapel-en-le-Frith man Peter Taylor has been awarded the MBE for his work with the police.

Mr Taylor joined the force in July 1974 and retired with the rank of Inspector in March 2002. That same month, he returned as a member of police staff and took up the role of mobile police station enquiry officer, taking the mobile police station around the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales to keep rural communities in touch with the police.

Peter left the force in March of this year.

• Awarded the CBE for public service is Dianne Jeffrey DL, of the Hope Valley.

The University of Derby’s Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Governing Council, Mrs Jeffrey is also the Chairman of Age UK, a charity for older people formed when Help the Aged and Age Concern England merged.

• Mrs Janet Birkin, DL JP, a former chairman of Derbyshire Police Authority, has received the MBE for services to the police and the community in Derbyshire. She lives in Chesterfield.

• Tideswell man and former Buxton Police Divisional Commander Roger Flint was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal, as has current Chief Constable, Mick Creedon.