Chiswick-based artist "thrilled" to receive honour although he struggled to keep it a secret

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The artist, who will be celebrating his 70th birthday next week, said he was "thrilled" with his knighthood. He recieved the honour at the same time as Mick Jagger. They both hail from Dartford and at one point lived 50 yeards away from each other.

The painter and collage creator is most famous image for the iconic cover of The Beatles 1967 album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, featuring the band in brightly coloured military uniforms, surrounded by their heroes.

He is also well known in Chiswick for his support of various local causes including the Hogarth statue appeal and the Artists in the Pavilion project which raised money for Duke's Meadows last year.

He had originally heard about the honour five weeks ago but struggled to keep it a secret. He confessed to getting so drunk at Paul McCartney's wedding that he told the groom of the award but swore him to secrecy.

He celebrated the announcement of his award by attending "Green Days" on Acton Green - the first day of the Bedford Park Festival.

Trevor Nunn, another regular on Chiswick High Road, also received a knighthood.


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