Table tennis coach receives OBE on Queen’s birthday

A Runcorn table tennis coach has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List.

Karen Tonge of Halton Table Tennis Club and Halton Stadium has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the list, announced last night, for services to her sport.

Also a ‘very experienced’ referee who is due to officiate at this year’s Commonwealth Games, she has already received an MBE in the 2009 New Years Honors list – later receiving the honor from Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace.

Meanwhile, the chief executive of Halton and St Helens Voluntary and Community Action has been awarded an MBE.

Sally Yeoman received the award for her service to the Halton community.

The 49-year-old’s ‘tireless’ efforts include preserving St Mary’s Church in Widnes for use as the organization’s base after the historic building was saved from demolition.

Detective Sergeant Mark Fenton, an online abuse investigator with Cheshire Police, was also awarded an MBE for policing.

And 11-year-old twins Ruben and Elena Evans-Guillen, who have raised around £50,000 for good causes including Warrington and Halton Hospitals’ Charity over the past five years, have been awarded British Empire medals.

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They were nominated alongside famous faces including illustrator Sir Quentin Blake and author Sir Salmon Rushdie, both of whom received Orders of Merit.

Fellow writer Ian Rankin was knighted, while broadcaster Clare Balding was honored with a CBE and footballers Rio Ferdinand and Luther Blissett were OBE recipients – as were cricketer Moeen Ali and the former Wigan Warriors rugby league player Sean O’Loughlin.

Welsh international Gareth Bale and Liverpool’s James Milner have been awarded MBEs.

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