IT IS news that a group of people in the town have had to keep to themselves for weeks.
But today, the whole of Huddersfield can share the good news and celebrate once again what we all know – that we have many remarkable and selfless people in our community.
Huddersfield has done exceptionally well in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. And the awards made offer a remarkable snapshot of the talents and seemingly endless capacity people have for giving of themselves to others.
All those who have been honoured expressed their delight at being recognised, but also their surprise.
And that in many ways, makes these awards even more special.
For those honoured in the town will undoubtedly continue to do what they have done for years. Invest their time, skills and energy into our community. And how much better we are for those efforts.
David Armitage, for example, is one of Huddersfield’s best know businessmen. But together, he and his wife, Carol, support many charities and have raised huge sums of money for a variety of causes.
They have put money and time into music and sport and for the past two decades have backed many fundraising events.
Christine Bowker is another Huddersfield resident who has used her skills to encourage new generations to excel in her particular field which is gymnastics.
Over the years, she has coached award- winning gymnasts who have gone on to national and international success.
Yet she expressed surprise at being honoured and wished she could share it will all the other coaches she has worked with.
She like David and the other local winners share a priceless gift which it is good to see honoured. They care about others and want to make a difference. And they have.
Congratulations to all of them.