New Years honours on the Fylde Coast

'Sir' Bill Beaumont - for services to Rugby Union Football

Who's been knighted from Blackpool Wyre and Fylde?


William Blackledge Beaumont, CBE, DL. Chairman, World Rugby. For services to Rugby Union Football. (Lytham)

Beaumont won 34 caps for England, and was captain 21 times.

He toured Australia in 1975, Japan, Fiji and Tonga in 1979, and Argentina in 1981 with England.

Beaumont took part in the 1996 British and Irish Lions after being called up as a replacement when Nigel Horton broke his thumb, and played in the final three tests.

He took over as England captain in Paris in 1978. He was an inspiring captain of the North of England, whom he led to victory over the All Blacks in 1979, and also of England, who won their first Grand Slam for 23 years in 1980.

Beaumont then captained the 1980 British Lions tour of South Africa playing in 10 of the 18 matches.

He retired from rugby in 1982 on medical advice from doctors, because of successive concussions.

He then went on to be a regular contestant on the BBC quiz show 'A Question of Sport' eventually becoming the show's longest-serving captain (14 years in total.)


Karen Anderson. For services to charity in Lancashire. (Blackpool)

Jonathan Aciea Bamborough. For services to Homeless People in Blackpool Lancashire. (Blackpool)

Brian Whitlock Cooper. For services to the community in Lytham St Anne's, Lancashire. (Lytham St. Anne's)

Dr Judith Gwendolyn Poole. Head of Student Support and Wellbeing, Blackpool and The Fylde College. For services to Education. (Blackpool)


Lynne Elizabeth Croft. For services to the community in Blackpool. (Blackpool)


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