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Sophie Lancaster, Stephen Sutton in Queen's honours

The bravery of Sophie Lancaster and Stephen Sutton have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Sophie was beaten to death in 2007 in an unprovoked attack based on her goth-style clothing, and sustained fatal wounds while trying to protect boyfriend Robert Maltby. She was 20 years old.

Cancer battler Stephen, 19, captured the hearts of millions with his determination to enjoy life to the very end. He died last month after attempting to raise £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust – and has so far brought in more than £4,200,000.

Now the Queen has given Stephen a posthumous MBE, while Sophie’s mum Sylvia, now an anti-hate-crime campaigner, has been granted an OBE.

Sylvia admits it’s a bittersweet experience, but tells the BBC: “This is taking our work to another level – I’m sure Sophie would have a right good laugh.”

The main stage at Download this year was named in Stephen’s honour, while a stage at the Bloodstock festival has been named after Sophie since 2009, and the event continues to support her family’s charitable activities.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.