THE manager who took Blackburn Rovers to Premiership title glory in 1995 has been made Sir Kenny Dalglish.

The Liverpool, Celtic and Scotland soccer great was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, announced this morning.

Sir Kenny, who was managing Liverpool at the time of the Hillsborough disaster, said he was ‘hugely proud to have accepted the accolade’ for services to football, charity and the city of Liverpool.

The 67-year-old Glaswegian and his wife Marina have also helped raise millions of pounds for cancer treatment through the Marina Dalglish Appeal after she successfully battled breast cancer.

He ran the Ewood Park club from October 1991 until the summer of 1995, winning the Premiership title in the 1994/1995 season before becoming Director of Football for a year.

Accrington author Jeanette Winterson becomes a Commander of the British Empire for services to literature.

The writer of Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, already an OBE, said: “I hope this honour helps with the visibility of women’s contribution to the arts. We are still holding up half the sky.”

The British Empire Medal was awarded to Helmshore harpist Lowri Cope and Stephen Maden, one of the founders of Nelson-based talking newspaper Pendle Voice.

Mrs Cope, one of the organisers of the 2016 Blackburn Cathedral Flower Festival and churchwarden at St Thomas’ Musbury parish, received her medal for services to the community in Helmshore.

The 59-year-old said: “I am absolutely delighted and so excited.”

Nelson 75-year-old Mr Maden’s award was for services to blind and partially-sighted people in Pendle.

He has been involved with the Talking Newspaper since it started in 1975 and in its early days was a key fundraiser, organising and taking part in a 270-mile sponsored walk along the Pennine Way.

Louise Ellman, former leader of Lancashire County Council and now Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside, is made a Dame for parliamentary and political services.

Former Lancashire all-rounder and one-time director of events English Cricket Board Steve Elworthy is given the MBE for his services to the sport.

Neil Barnes. Deputy director North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust. is awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Medal.

Mr Maden continues to serve on the Pendle Voice committee and read the paper. In the 1980s he formed a small tandem club helping visually impaired people enjoy a bike ride. He continues to serve on the committee and to read the paper with clarity and dedication.