A comic, a copper, a bus driver and a boss

A WAITRESS, a pylon worker, a policeman and a bus driver are just some of the ordinary Yorkshire people recognised in today’s Birthday Honours list.

They sit alongside Leeds born comedian Barry Cryer, two of the county’s leading businessmen, academics, scientists and community and voluntary workers.

Leeds bobby Tony Sweeney, who is already decorated for his services to the force, has received a Queen's Police Medal.

PC Sweeney was last year named Britains top community constable for his work in inner-city Lincoln Green.

He said: “It is a fantastic honour to be recognised and to receive such an award. I accept it on behalf of every police officer working within communities throughout the country who are striving to improve the quality of life for people by reducing crime and anti-social behaviour”

Jean Barton, 66, of Helmsley, near York, has been awarded the MBE for services to the catering industry after working at the nearby Black Swan Hotel for 43 years.

Grandmother Mrs Barton, said: “This is the most unreal thing that has ever happened to me. I am just an ordinary person. I'm just gobsmacked. Some might say I'm only a waitress. But I love doing what I do. I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

A knighthood goes to philanthropist Robert Ogden, CBE, chairman of the Boston Spa-based Ogden Group of Companies, in recognition of his contribution to charitable services in Yorkshire.

Mr Ogden, who lives at Sickinghall, near Harrogate, spent 300,000 buying buildings and nine acres of grounds for the National Autistic Society to found the the Robert Ogden School for autistic children at Thurnscoe, near Barnsley.

Prominent Leeds haulier, Stuart Archbold, has been awarded an OBE for services to the transport industry.

Mr Archbold is chairman of Archbold Freightage which he joined in 1967. He is a board member of the Freight Transport Association, a member of the Road Haulage Forum and vice president of Leeds Chamber of Commerce.

He said today: “It is obviously a great honour. It is nice to feel people respect what you do.”

Leeds-born comedian and writer Barry Cryer was said to be “over the moon” after receiving an OBE in recognition of his services to comedy drama.

The 66-year-old funnyman’s career in TV and radio has seen him pen gags for an array of stars ranging from Ronnie Corbett to Danny La Rue and Kenny Everett. Cryer was born and raised in Harehills and attended Leeds Grammar School and Leeds University.

Research

One of Yorkshire’s top cancer doctors Professor Peter Selby has been honoured with a CBE.

Professor Selby, director of clinical research at Leeds’ Imperial Cancer Research Unit, has been recognised for services to cancer research and care.

He told the YEP: “It feels slightly uncomfortable to be bestowed with such a title, but it is nice to be recognised. This isn’t just for me, though, it’s for the whole team.”

Eminent scientist, academic and philanthropist Colonel Alan Roberts has received an OBE in recognition of his varied career.

Col Roberts, who lives at Rein Road, Morley, near Leeds, was recognised for his role as president of the Yorkshire Red Cross and the Yorkshire Association for the Support of Servicemen and their Families.

Professor Alan Wilson, 62, the vice-chancellor of Leeds University, will now be known as Sir Alan after receiving a knightbood in today’s list for services to higher education.

“It’s great for me and great for the university,” he said. “The news came out of the blue. It was a complete surprise,” he said.

Percy Blakey, of South View Gardens, Pontefract received his MBE for, among other things, his long service with the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service.

Former army colonel Bernard McMahon who devoted his life to mounting mercy missions to victims of the war in Bosnia has been awarded an MBE.

His regular missions to Bosnia now take aid to families still homeless as a result of the 1992 Balkan war.

Mr McMahon is currently trying to raise 30,000 to launch a house building programme for the many people still homeless.

Yorkshire people who have been honoured are:

KNIGHTS BACHELOR

KNIGHTHOODS

Robert Ogden CBE, of Sicklinghall, chairman, Ogden group of companies, for charitable services in Yorkshire; Professor Alan Wilson, of Leeds, Vice Chancellor, University of Leeds, for services to higher education.

ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

COMMANDERS OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

Mohammed Ajeeb, of Bradford, for services to local government; John Charles, of Bradford, for services to association football; John Conway, of Huddersfield, principal, Greenhead College, Huddersfield, for services to further education; David Gilroy, of Harrogate, Deputy Chief Inspector, Social Services Inspectorate, Department of Health; Christopher Ivory, of Bedale, lately chair, North Yorkshire TEC and Yorkshire and Humber TECs Ltd, for services to training; Kevin Lasbury, of Leeds, divisional director, Highways Agency, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions; Hugh Peden, of West Yorkshire, collector, HM Board of Customs and Excise; Professor Peter Selby, of Leeds, director of clinical research, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, for services to cancer research and cancer care; Professor Peter Stanley, of Malton, lately chief executive, Central Science Laboratory, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

OFFICERS OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

Mohammed Ali, of Bradford, founder, Quest for Economic Development, for services to South Asian communities; David Archbold, of Leeds, for services to the transport industry; John Atkinson JP, of Mirfield, for services to the Magistrates’ Courts Service; Professor Robin Basker, of Harrogate, for services to dental education; Kartar Kathuria, of Huddersfield, executive member and treasurer, Kirklees Racial Equality Council, for services to ethnic minority communities in Huddersfield and Kirklees; Marie Knott, of Huddersfield, clinical nurse specialist, Kendray Hospital, Barnsley, for services to health care for elderly people; Walter Mowbray, of Leeds, Prison Service budget manager, HM Prison Service, Home Office; Rosemary Murphy, of Huddersfield, chief executive, National Day Nurseries Association, for services to early years education; Michael Noyland, of Bradley, assistant director, HM Board of Inland Revenue; Naina Patel, of Leeds, founder and director, Policy Research Institute on Ageing and Ethnicityl, for services to ethnic minority elderly in the UK and Europe; Colonel Alan Roberts MBE DL, of Morley, for services to the community in Leeds; Yvonne Rose, of Bedale, governor, East Yorkshire College, for services to further education; John Thackray, of Ripon, managing director, Kapitex Healthcare Ltd, for services to the health care industry.

MEMBERS OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

Janice Aspinall, of Selby, acting hospital manager, Selby War Memorial Hospital, North Yorkshire, for services to flood relief; John Bakanoba, of Huddersfield, member, Meltham Town Council, for services to the community; Dorothy Barton, of York, waitress, the Black Swan, York, for services to the catering trade; Percy Blakey, of Pontefract, for services to the WRVS in West Yorkshire; John Bostock JP DL, of Ripon, for services to the community, especially the Magistracy, in Ripon; Graham Commons, of Dewsbury, overhead linesman, National Grid, for services to the electricity supply industry; David Dowman, of Pontefract, for services to the community, especially the Braille Guild; Joan Duncan, of Ilkley, for services to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust; Eric Fell JP, of Ripon, county adviser, Community Development in North Yorkshire, for services to young people and to scouting; Barry Gray, of Bridlington, chairman, Bridlington Ports and Harbour Commissioners, for services to the ports industry; Peter Horne, of Hebden Bridge, lately senior presenting officer, Immigration and Nationality Directorate, Home Office; Michael Horner, of Skipton, managing director, Bullen and Partners, for services to flood defence; Lynne Hutchinson, of Keighley, co-ordinator, Barnardos, for services to young people; Renee Lancaster, of Bradford, for services to the community in Baildon Green; Bernard McMahon, of Leeds, for services to the Bosnian Support Fund; Margaret Newsholme, of Bradford, Accident and Emergency sister, Bradford Royal Infirmary, for services to nursing; James Porteous, of York, for services to the community, especially disabled people, in York; Hubert Rhodes, of Huddersfield, for services to the War Pensions Commmittee in West Yorkshire; Judith Russell, of Tadcaster, for services to disabled sport; Elizabeth Ryan, of Huddersfield, lately chair of governors, Honley High School, Huddersfield, for services to education; Mohan Sokhal JP, of Huddersfield, bus operator/driver, First Huddersfield Bus Company, for services to the bus industry and to the community in Huddersfield; Derek Wild, of Keighley, regional engineering support manager, Yorkshire Water, for services to flood relief.

THE QUEEN’S POLICE MEDAL FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

William Hughes, director general, National Crime Squad, former Chief Constable, West Yorkshire Police; PC Anthony Sweeney, of West Yorkshire Police.

THE QUEEN’S FIRE SERVICE MEDAL FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

Alan Martin, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, South Wales Fire Service, firefighter and leading firefighter with West Riding Fire Service, 1972-1977.