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Newspaper headlines: It’s ‘Saturday knight fever’ as New Year Honours revealed

Newspaper headlines: It’s ‘Saturday knight fever’ as New Year Honours revealed


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“Saturday Knight Fever”, the Daily Mirror declares, as it’s announced that Bee Gee Barry Gibb has been made a Sir in the New Year Honours. The paper’s front page also highlights the knighthood for Beatles drummer Ringo Starr.

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The Daily Star opts for the same headline to lead its story on the New Year Honours but its biggest picture is of Strictly Come Dancing judge and former ballerina Darcey Bussell, who has become a dame.

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The Daily Mail completes a hat-trick of front pages to use the headline referencing the classic Bee Gees hit. But its lead story says at least 800 bank branches have been shut down this year, at a rate of more than two a day. The loss of 802 branches is thought to be a record for one year, it says.

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Credit goes to the sub editors at the Daily Express who opted for the less obvious Bee Gees song title You Should Be Dancing for the headline on their story about Sir Barry and Dame Darcey’s honours. For its lead story, the focus is Brexit and the paper says Britain has a “crack team” in place ready to negotiate trade deals across the world ahead of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

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The i focuses on the political recipients of New Year Honours, saying the chairman of the 1922 Committee, Graham Brady, is one of four senior Conservative MPs to receive knighthoods. And “Arise Sir Ringo!” it says, referencing the Beatle’s knighthood.

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Darcey Bussell is the “dancing Dame” on the front of the Daily Telegraph, with a large picture showing her glammed up in a fuschia-coloured dress – and the paper is in a jovial enough mood to ensure the accompanying headline is in a matching colour. The paper’s main story says conflicting advice from ministers and police forces is creating confusion over the legality of using mobile phones as sat navs.

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The Times dips into its photo archive to find a picture of Dame Darcey in a classic ballet dress. For its lead story, it reports that travel firms are “misleading” holidaymakers with claims of cheap deals. The consumer group Which? tracked dozens of promotions over the summer, the paper says, and found that prices of some holidays dropped after they had apparently ended.

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“Blessed are the millennials,” the Financial Times says, reporting on a study from the Resolution Foundation that says that young people are set to inherit much more than their parents or grandparents did. However, the report also says inheritance was likely to arrive too late to help millennials step on the housing ladder during their child-rearing years.

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The Sun reports that Louise and Jamie Redknapp were granted a divorce decree by a judge during a hearing that lasted 25 seconds, to end 19 years of marriage.

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