A TEXTILES expert born and brought up in Huddersfield has been honoured with an OBE.
James Sugden, managing director of Johnston’s of Elgin, in Scotland, has been honoured for his services to the textile industry over the past 40 years.
And a former Huddersfield woman, Julie Stamper, has received an MBE for her work with teenage mums.
Mr Sugden, based in Johnston’s knitwear factory, at Hawick, in the Borders, spent more than 20 years at Johnston’s headquarters at Elgin.
He was brought up in Berry Brow and went to the former St David’s School in Huddersfield.
His mother Helen still lives in Almondbury.
Mr Sugden began his textile career with Allied Textiles in Huddersfield and later worked in Bradford and Wakefield before moving north of the border.
He is married to Linda and they have three children.
Mr Sugden, 64, said he owed his success to the people around him.
He said: “This industry is not really about awards, it’s about patience and hard work.
“I have had huge support from so many people, they have always gone the extra mile for me and it means a great deal.
“The manufacturing industry has always been the Cinderella of the economy, but there are signs that the Government is taking seriously the contribution that it makes.”
He took up his post at Johnston’s of Elgin 24 years ago and has worked hard to build the firm’s international reputation for fine cashmere and woollens.
Mrs Stamper is the founder of a school for teenage mothers and has been made an MBE for her services to education.
Mrs Stamper, who grew up in Huddersfield, was rewarded in the Queen’s New Year Honours list for her role in founding the Schoolgirl Mums’Unit in Hull.
The school has helped hundreds of young mothers continue their education.
Mrs Stamper grew up in Honley before moving to Meltham, where her parents, Joyce and Malcolm Gledhill, still live.
She trained as a teacher before setting up the school in 1989, and she is currently its headteacher.
The school has 35 pupils, who attend while pregnant and after they have had their babies.
Mrs Gledhill said she was proud of her daughter’s achievements.
She said: “We are absolutely delighted for Julie and although she is modest about it all she’s very pleased.
“The school is a considerable achievement. It provides these young girls with an education and hopefully their babies will learn from their experiences.”