South Armagh woman Lianne McCooey has been included in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for her ‘contribution to comedy’ Buckingham Palace has said.

The Newtown woman best known for her deadpan and satirical sandwich board signs outside her fine dining establishment was not surprised by the honour.

Dame McCooey told us:

“I’m surprised it’s took them this long to officially recognise me it truth was to be towl. I’m even a bit more shocked and offended that the honour was not given to me for ‘services to cuisine’ but you take what you can I suppose. Did I ever tell you I know David Meade?”