A SURVIVOR of the horrific Birkby firebomb attack is to met the Queen.
Muhammed Shafiq, who cheated death when eight members of his family died in a murderous arson attack, will be at Buckingham Palace on Monday.
He will join 600 guests from all over the country who will be introduced to the Queen as pioneers.
The reception is to honour ground-breaking individuals who have contributed something unique to their own community or set a new example for others to follow.
Mr Shafiq, 34, was nominated for the reception by the Examiner, to mark his remarkable bravery and public-spiritedness in the wake of the fire tragedy.
Ever since the horrific blaze in May last year - when he leaped to safety from a bedroom window but was badly burned - he was worked tirelessly as an ambassador within the community.
He has given 100% support to the Examiner- backed Birkby Family Appeal, which has seen money given to schools and colleges attended by four of the victims.
Mr Shafiq has appeared at meetings to try to help regenerate the community spirit, which many feared would be jeopardised by the arson attack.
He also displayed enormous courage in giving vital evidence to the court which convicted the murderers of his family.
Examiner editor Roy Wright said: "Mr Shafiq has shown throughout a terrible 15 months that he is a man of honour, principle and determination.
"The Family Appeal was launched with his support and that of his father.
"He has worked tirelessly to support that over the past year.
"He has also demonstrated enormous courage in being able to deal with what one can only imagine the most horrific nightmare imaginable," added Mr Wright.
"We were delighted we were able to put him forward to attend the Buckingham Palace reception."
Mr Shafiq, a graduate of Huddersfield University, is a childcare officer with Kirklees Council.
TOP puppeteer Steve Wright will also meet the Queen on Monday.
Mr Wright, 38, from Kirkburton, has been invited to the Buckingham Palace reception because of his pioneering work with young people, using his puppetry skills to hammer home vital messages.
His latest project - Love Bites - centres on teenage sexual matters.
It is aimed at 14 to 17-year-olds and is part of a partnership with the Kirklees Teenage Pregnancy Unit.
Mr Wright uses vividly-coloured puppets to present shows about sexual matters, taking to the stage in schools and colleges across the district.
He also recruits many of the youngsters to help him.
Now, he has been honoured with the reception at the Palace.
"It is a great thrill," he said. "I can only think my name has been put forward by the National Lottery New Opportunities Fund, as they have given me a three-year funding deal.
"I have run The Wright Stuff puppet theatre and workshops for the past 10 years and done a lot of work with young people."