Look North's Harry Gration honoured by Queen

Harry Gration Harry Gration, a former teacher and cricket fan, has won several awards for his broadcasting work

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BBC Look North's Harry Gration is among people from West Yorkshire who feature in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Bradford-born Gration presented Look North from 1984-1994 before returning to the programme in 1999.

A woman who has coached budding gymnasts for more than four decades will also become an MBE for services to gymnastics and the community.

Christine Bowker, an award-winning gymnast, founded Greenhead gymnastics club in Huddersfield in 1968.

Gration said of his MBE for services to broadcasting: "It is an overwhelming honour. Something I never thought would happen to me.

"I know my family is very proud but I have to say thank you to all my colleagues. They are the ones who have made this happen.

"For a lad born in a back-to-back in Bradford I know my mum and dad would have loved to have been around for this day."

Others in the county who feature on the list include:

  • Jeremy Mackrell, of Oxenhope, near Keighley, appointed MBE for services to the charity and the community
  • Tina Brown, of Leeds, former manager of Remploy Leeds and Pontefract, appointed MBE for services to disabled people
  • Govinder Dhaliwal, of Bradford, appointed MBE for services to the community and community cohesion
  • Peter Drake, of Holmfirth, founding member of the Young Explorers Trust, appointed MBE for services to young people
  • Kathryn Ward, of Keighley, community paediatrics consultant at Airedale General Hospital, appointed MBE for services to child protection
  • Richard Lewis, of Shepley, chairman of Sport England, appointed CBE for services to sports administration

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