A HUDDERSFIELD woman has been made Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire.
Mrs Sui Cheung, who is 55 today , was appointed along with four other deputies: James Barker, Terence Suthers, Mrs Anita Craig and Marshall Roscoe, husband of the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Dr Ingrid Roscoe.
The Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire is the Queen's representative in the region.
The deputies' duties involve attending civic events which the Lord Lieutenant cannot attend and being present at royal visits.
Mrs Cheung is the first person of Chinese origin to hold the office of Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire.
She said: "I have no idea who nominated me, but it is a prestigious honour."
Mrs Cheung, of Birkby, came to Huddersfield from Hong Kong on February 10 1966 - the day before her 16th birthday.
She joined her family, who had already moved to Huddersfield to find work.
She trained as a nurse and has taught nursing studies for 28 years.
The past nine of these have been spent as a senior nursing lecturer at Huddersfield University.
She will leave this job in March when she becomes full-time manager of the Huddersfield Chinese Community Centre.
She said: "Something had to go and I have been teaching for many years, so hopefully now I can help the community."
Mrs Cheung has also been a member of the Territorial Army at Sheffield for 19 years.
Her current rank is major.
* The Queen appoints a lord lieutenant for each county
* He or she must retire at 75
* The main duty is to meet the Queen or royal guests on official visits
* The postholder must not be involved in politics
* The lord lieutenant also takes responsibility for duties involving the armed services, including medal presentations
* He or she is also empowered to oversee the appointment of magistrates.