POP icon Cliff Richard today becomes Britain's first knight of

rock'n'roll, heading a list of 1054 other men and women in the Queen's

Birthday Honours.

Sir Cliff, who has been producing hit records since the 1950s, is

among a stream of show business and sporting names who receive awards.

However, around one-third of the names on the ''classless'' list were

nominated by members of the public for more practical contributions to

the nation.

In Scotland, the best-known recipient is Bill McLaren, the doyen of TV

rugby commentary and a long-standing Herald columnist, who is awarded an

OBE. Other sporting successes include Olympic medal-winning rower Peter

Haining and the former secretary of the Scottish Football Association,

Mr Ernie Walker.

The veteran comedy trio, Scotland the What?, are all made MBEs while

the tally of honours for public service includes long-serving Kintyre

lighthouse keeper Mr Hector Lamont and Bosnian aid worker Mr Denis

Rutovitz, of Edinburgh.

Scotland can also boast two new knights, Sir John Drummond, former

director of the Edinburgh Festival and controller of Radio 3, and Sir

John Shaw, chairman of the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.

English rugby star Rob Andrew, regarded as a key element in his side's

achievements to date in the World Cup, is made an MBE on the eve of the

semi-final against New Zealand in South Africa.

Sporting honours also go to yachting's Robin Knox-Johnston, who is

knighted, show jumper David Broome (CBE), who is retiring after 35 years

at the top, and football's Peter Beardsley (MBE) of Newcastle United.

OBEs are awarded to octogenarian comedian Norman Wisdom, actress and

dyslexia campaigner Susan Hampshire, actor Saeed Jaffrey, and musical

star Elaine Page.

Recipients of CBEs include actor Alan Bates and film director Alan

Parker. Mr John Bird, editor of the magazine for the homeless, The Big

Issue, is made an MBE, and rogue Tory MP Julian Critchley is finally

knighted after 36 years at Westminster.