Scene set for Yorkshire awards in Leeds

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Hundreds of people are due to attend the Yorkshire Awards ceremony where Olympians, Paralympians, soldiers and community workers are to be honoured.

The ceremony, at the Hilton Hotel in Leeds, will see the county bestow honours on many who have served their communities, county and country.

Previously World Cup referee Howard Webb and Hull actress Maureen Lipman have been honoured.

The winners will be announced at the event of Friday evening.

The categories include Man of the Year; Woman of the Year; Community Hero Award; Business of the Year and Lifetime Achievement.

The organising committee of the event said the Yorkshire Awards "recognise people and organisations who have had an impact on Yorkshire and its people in some way, demonstrating their affection for, and commitment to, the county".

The eight categories of awards aims to recognise the many and varied achievements of different types of people in the county.

The awards started in 1989 and involve some of the region's leading companies and organisations.

A spokesman said: "With the help of the Yorkshire public, the committee names those outstanding individuals whose examples act as inspiration to anyone with the interests of Yorkshire at heart".

In previous years World Cup Final referee Howard Webb, from Rotherham, celebrity chef Marco Pierre White, actress Maureen Lipman and novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford have been honoured.

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