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Published on March 30th, 2012 | by Seán Ward

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Eddie Jordan Receives OBE

Eddie Jordan, the one of the BBC’s Formula 1 coverage team and an ex-F1 team manager, has been awarded an honorary OBE by the Queen for his services to charity and motor racing.

While non-UK citizens are not formally allowed OBEs, Jordan’s came as a result of intervention from the Foreign Office, recommending that Jordan be rewarded with the honour.

Speaking with BBC Sport, he said he was delighted with his recognition, after initially believing it to be a joke: “When it’s not something you’re expecting you dismiss it. It came as a big shock, but I’m thrilled.

“I got a brown envelope and I thought it was another tax enquiry looking for more money. So I put it to one side and when I had another look I saw it had the Foreign and Commonwealth department stamped on it.

“I thought ‘I don’t have much contact with that department’ so I had another look. And there it was.”

Jordan is currently patron of both the child cancer charity CLIC Sargent and The Amber Foundation for the young homeless.


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