“IT’S nice to see people rewarded for their achievements,” said Andover resident Karon Saunders.

“I’m very pleased for Ellie Simmonds, the girl who won the Paralympic swimming medal – it should be a great start to her year.

“But I’m more for unsung heroes being rewarded.

“People who get paid a lot and then get an honour as well – surely the money they earn is recognition enough for what they do?”