TWO Huddersfield men met the Queen last night at a star-studded reception to celebrate their work for the community.
Muhammed Shafiq, of Birkby, and puppeteer Steve Wright, of Kirkburton, were among 600 people nominated to attend the Royal reception at Buckingham Palace for being `pioneers'.
They mixed with high-profile guests including Lord Attenborough, singer Cliff Richard, sportsman Sir Roger Bannister, racing driver Sir Jackie Stewart, chef Delia Smith, fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, pop guru Pete Waterman and David Trimble, leader of the Ulster Unionists in Northern Ireland.
Mr Shafiq, 34, was nominated by the Examiner for his work to promote community spirit and multi-cultural harmony in Huddersfield.
He began his work after eight members of his family were murdered in an arson attack on their home in Osborne Road, Birkby, last May.
Steve Wright, 38, was nominated to attend the reception by the National Lottery New Opportunities Fund, who have given him a three-year grant for his work.
He was chosen for his pioneering use of puppetry to drill home vital messages to young people.