It's OBE joy for music maestro
MUSIC maestro Gareth Malone described his joy at being awarded an OBE yesterday after an eventful 2012 he dubbed his "annus mirabilis".
The choirmaster's infectious enthusiasm and love of music seen on his popular BBC show The Choir has inspired singers across the country.
Malone, pictured above with wife Rebecca, led his most famous students, the Military Wives choir, on two chart-topping singles last year and had the honour of conducting them on the Queen's Christmas Day broadcast.
He received his award from the Princess Royal in an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace and said after the ceremony: "She was asking me very sweetly had life calmed down after the furore of last year and I was telling her, no, it hadn't really.
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"2012 was, to adapt the Queen's phrase, an annus mirabilis. It was just unbelievable, everything happened to me and to get the OBE was a wonderful moment in that year."
TRAVELLERS endured another miserable March day yesterday with the bitterly cold weather causing havoc on the roads, rail and air and sea journeys.
Kent and Sussex roads were worst hit with many of them blocked or closed and with huge queues building up.
On the railways bad weather in France and Belgium meant Eurostar cancelled its trains for the rest of the day.
There were also cancellations and delays on a number of domestic rail services, particularly in Sussex and Kent.
Jersey Airport was closed all day and UK passengers were delayed by bad weather at European airports.
Five hundred passengers on an Irish Ferries sailing, including around 300 French students, were finally able to dock at the fifth attempt at Cherbourg in France. They spent almost 20 hours at sea and arrived at their destination almost 24 hours late. Many roads in Kent and Sussex remain blocked or impassable.