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Arise Sir Lenny, with 'lovely' gong

Lenny Henry has said that being offered a knighthood was "lovely" and "like being filled with lemonade".

The comic told BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans that the honour, expected to be officially confirmed on Friday, was "wonderful".

"It was a lovely feeling, it was like being filled with lemonade for 10 or 15 minutes," he said.

Henry (right), a mainstay of Comic Relief for years, said his knighthood was for "services to charity".

"That's not just me, that's everybody that works for Comic Relief," he said. "I'm being reeled and pummelled from all sides by my family, saying 'Do we get some land? Do we get a castle now?'"