Nottingham fashion designer Paul Smith awarded one of the country's highest honours

By Lynette Pinchess

Nottingham's world famous fashion designer Sir Paul Smith is to receive one of the country's highest honours celebrating his outstanding career of more than 50 years.

Beeston-born Sir Paul has built a global retail empire after opening his first clothes shop in Byard Lane, Nottingham, in 1970.

A leading figure of the British fashion industry, he now has outlets in more than 70 countries including Japan and America.

The designer will be made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour, established in 1917 by George V to recognise service of national importance, during a Windsor Castle investiture ceremony hosted by the Duke of Cambridge.

The Order of the Companions of Honour is made up of the sovereign, plus no more than 65 members, who may use the letters CH after their names.

The honour is awarded to those who have made a significant contribution to the arts, science, medicine or the government over a long period of time.

Other companions include Sir David Attenborough, J.K. Rowling, Delia Smith, and Elton John.

Sir Paul's exhibition Hello, My Name is Paul Smith is currently on display at Nottingham Castle and can be seen until February 20.

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