SIX people honoured by the Queen were invited to a civic reception hosted by the Mayor of Kirklees to mark their outstanding achievements.
Yvonne McQuinn, Brenda Colbeck, Jane Bratby, Douglas Holliday, Lynda Campbell and Jamil Akhtar were honoured for their dedication to the community or their careers in the New Year’s Honours and the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
They all attended a civic reception at Huddersfield Town Hall on Tuesday in which the Mayor praised their commitment to the community.
Mayor Clr Jean Calvert said: “To be honoured by Her Majesty The Queen is an achievement of which very few of us can boast.
“This reception is to acknowledge their personal contribution to the community and to recognise the support given to them by their friends, family and colleagues.”
Huddersfield man and magistrate Jamil Akhtar was awarded the MBE for services to the community.
As governor of three Newsome schools and Huddersfield Technical College, he works with many thousands of young people.
Jane Bratby from Salendine Nook has dedicated her lifetime to working with disadvantaged groups including homeless people and those with drug issues.
She is a Community Panel Member for Kirklees Youth Offending Team.
Douglas Holliday was awarded the MBE for services to transport. Working as a Hackney Carriage Inspector, he oversaw disability issues and the personal safety of taxi drivers.
He will retire this year after 37 years of service.
Yvonne McQuinn from Birstall was awarded the MBE for services to the NHS. She began her 30-year career as a voluntary worker before training as a nurse, working in the Batley and Spen community.
Brenda Colbeck was awarded the MBE for services to the community. Born in Batley, she worked as a volunteer at Wakefield Samaritans for 35 years, while Birstall resident Lynda Campbell was awarded the MBE for services to local government, having worked for Leeds City Council for 20 years.
She was rewarded for her services to the Youth Offending Service.