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Look North's Harry Gration honoured by Queen

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

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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