Buckingham Palace honours Defoe and Newcastle manager Dalgleish

Buckingham Palace honours Defoe and Newcastle manager Dalgleish
Buckingham Palace honours Defoe and Newcastle manager Dalgleish

Buckingham Palace honours Defoe and Newcastle manager Dalgleish

Two big names from North East football have received honours at Buckingham Palace.

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Former Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has been given an OBE and ex-Newcastle United manager Kenny Dalglish became Sir Kenny after receiving his knighthood.

Jermain Defoe received an OBE for services to his foundation.

He dedicated it to Bradley Lowery, a six-year-old Sunderland fan who died after a short battle with neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer last year.

Defoe, who now plays for Bournemouth, met Bradley Lowery during his time on Wearside.

The pair forged a strong friendship with Defoe attending several events with Bradley in his final few months.

Defoe’s foundation was launched in 2010 after a hurricane in St Lucia, the Caribbean island his grandparents came from.

He tweeted: “I would like to dedicate this amazing day and this OBE to my best friend, Bradley, my family and everyone else behind the scenes.”