After being awarded the CBE in 2002 for his work in the North East community, Sir Bob was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2010 for services to football and education. His Investiture at Buckingham Palace took place in November that year.
Bob said: “I am absolutely thrilled and delighted to receive this honour. I feel extremely privileged and see this award as being not just for me personally but for my family and friends who have supported me and helped me reach my goals.
He explained: “My parents worked extremely hard throughout their lives. They did not get the opportunities in life that many people enjoy today but they provided me with the values and beliefs that have given me confidence to succeed. They would have been very moved and proud to see that my personal achievements have been recognised in this way. I would also like to thank my wife Sue. She is the anchor of my life and I am sharing this honour with her and our three children”.
On receipt of his knighthood the College of Arms awarded Sir Bob Murray a Grant of Arms and accorded him the honour of a family crest. The Coat of Arms was approved by the Kings of Arms in December 2011 and was designed to reflect Bob’s life, interests, family and career, expressing ideals which are relevant.