Manicurist Leighton is humbled by his Queen's Birthday Honour

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Sarah Khan Bashir, pictured with her family, has received an MBE for her work with a charity Sarah Khan Bashir, pictured with her family, has received an MBE for her work with a charity

A manicurist to the stars, a cricketing ambassador, a chartered accountant and a mum-of-three are among the diverse collection of 11 Bradford recipients in the Queen's Birthday Honours this year.

Leighton Denny, who was brought up in East Bierley and went to Tong School gets his MBE for his contribution and success in industry - his star-studded client list includes Kate Moss, Penelope Cruz and Adele.

Mr Denny, who has built his own empire of more than 800 appointed manicure salons worldwide, said: "It was on my 40th birthday when I received the e-mail from the Cabinet Office; and I thought someone was pulling my leg! I am truly honoured and humbled to be recognised by Her Majesty The Queen.”

Bradford solicitor and mum-of-three Sarah Khan Bashir, 45, of Nab Lane, Shipley, said news of her MBE for services to the local community came as a surprise because she thought she was "far too young for such an honour".

Mrs Bashir has been a prime mover in kick-starting MOSAIC - The Prince of Wales' mentoring initiative - supporting young people, particularly those from a Muslim background.

She has personally mentored girls and their mothers at primary schools in Bradford and Keighley and as a regional chairman oversees MOSAIC's work in more than 40 schools and in four prisons.

She has also served as a governor at Cottingley Primary School Bradford,has been a member of the West Yorkshire Police Bradford South Independent Advisory Group and is currently a Board member of Bradford Youth Development Partnership.

"I'm still in a bit of shock, I'm far too young for such an honour. I just go about my day doing a bit of good where I can. It's just me."

Last week Mrs Bashir also picked up a Good Of All human rights award in London backed by Eleanor Roosevelt, she said: "It's been quite a week!"

A cricketing ambassador has also been recognised in the honours list with a BEM for his voluntary services to youth cricket.

Gordon Simms Cooper, 76, of Milford Grove, Gomersal, has spent the last 40 years promoting the support and encouraging new players as part of the Heavy Woollen District Junior Cricket League (HWDJCL).

He was appointed its head coach at a time when it ran only one cricket league at U18 but under his direction more leagues were established and in 2003, leagues were introduced girls too. He is now its Honorary Public Relations Officer, Honorary Fixture Secretary, President and Life Vice-President of the (HWDJCL) which has 34 clubs and 125 teams in it and has become the most successful junior league in Yorkshire.

He said: "In all those years I've seen hundreds of young players pass through the league. Some have even retired from the game so now I meet up with them watching - or at the bar!"

Bradford police officer PC Yasvender Rehill, has been awarded the BEM for his services to policing and community engagement in Bradford.

Last year he was named as one of West Yorkshire Police's street level heroes picking up the Diversity in Action Award for his outstanding ability to develop strong and trusted relationships within communities.

In 2011 he received a Divisional Commanders' award and in 2009 he was recognised by the Sikh community for his help - his community has included helping run boxing sessions with local youths.

Abu Zafar, founder and owner of Canal Road-based Orient Press, one of the UK's leading card manufacturers, has also got mention in the honours receiving a BEM.

Mr Zafar, who lives with his wife in Nab Wood and has two children and five grandchildren, says the honour was for his invention of a foil-printing machine 15 years ago which he is now making in Bradford and sending all over the world to such countries as in the Arab states, Canada and Australia.

"I'm very much delighted with the news from Buckingham Palace. I'm so excited and thankful."

Chartered accountant Alan Wintersgill, 63, of Gilstead also receives a BEM for his services to charity and the local community.

He joined Bingley Rotary Club in 1992 and said he took its motto "Service Above Self" to heart - as well as his rotary work he set up a development board for Bradford's Marie Curie Hospice in 2008 raising £500,000 so far, he is finance director and a trustee of Bingley Show and is chairman of governors at both Bingley Grammar and Woodhouse Grove schools.

Other recipients of awards include North Yorkshire County Council's champion for older people, Councillor Shelagh Marshall, of Embsay, Skipton, who gets an OBE for services to the elderly, she said: “I am very, very pleased and very humbled. I’m hoping this will help my voice to be heard even more in speaking up for older people. They are an inspiration.”

Andrea Bryden, who is senior manager of Personal Tax Operations at Bradford HM Revenue and Customs, gets an OBE too for her work promoting diversity and equality and other BEMs also go to Jack Greenwood, a volunteer with Denholme Cricket Club, for his services to the sport in West Yorkshire, to Simon Jarrold, of Shipley, for his charity work in Leeds and also to British Telecom field co-ordinator Alan Jowett from Bradford for his services to Broadband service in Scotland and North-East England.

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5:31am Sat 14 Jun 14

mr.bradford says...

Without showing any disrespect to the above people who I'm sure are very much deserving of their honors, these OBE's, MBE's and whatnot seem to be given out for any old reason these days.. What next?

Betty Peabody from No.32 receives an MBE for watching Coronation Street for 50 years never missing an episode?

Johnny Fairbrother of Heaton receives an OBE for his prized tomatoes?

Shane Chav-Parker from Buttershaw for most ASBO's before his 18th Birthday?
Without showing any disrespect to the above people who I'm sure are very much deserving of their honors, these OBE's, MBE's and whatnot seem to be given out for any old reason these days.. What next? Betty Peabody from No.32 receives an MBE for watching Coronation Street for 50 years never missing an episode? Johnny Fairbrother of Heaton receives an OBE for his prized tomatoes? Shane Chav-Parker from Buttershaw for most ASBO's before his 18th Birthday? mr.bradford
  • Score: 3

9:04am Sat 14 Jun 14

collos25 says...

Get rid of the royal family and this absurd outdated granting of bribes.
Get rid of the royal family and this absurd outdated granting of bribes. collos25
  • Score: -4

9:14am Sat 14 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

Some well deserving local folk receiving some of these hard earned awards. Excellent, you've done yourself and the district proud!!
Some well deserving local folk receiving some of these hard earned awards. Excellent, you've done yourself and the district proud!! bcfc1903
  • Score: 4

10:35am Sat 14 Jun 14

pollywolly says...

Unless the T & A hasn't reported the whole facts, I can't see why someone who cuts and paints nails deserves an honours award, even if he does work for so-called celebrities. An obvious follow-on from the David Cameron hairdresser award. Wish more deserving people could be acknowledged although you can't include everybody. Lost interest a few years back when Tony Robinson and Sean Connery accepted knighthoods. Talk about hypocrites.
Unless the T & A hasn't reported the whole facts, I can't see why someone who cuts and paints nails deserves an honours award, even if he does work for so-called celebrities. An obvious follow-on from the David Cameron hairdresser award. Wish more deserving people could be acknowledged although you can't include everybody. Lost interest a few years back when Tony Robinson and Sean Connery accepted knighthoods. Talk about hypocrites. pollywolly
  • Score: 7

4:44pm Sat 14 Jun 14

allinittogether says...

collos25 wrote:
Get rid of the royal family and this absurd outdated granting of bribes.
Hear hear! Incredible in this day and age one person can rule over so many purely as an accident of birth.
[quote][p][bold]collos25[/bold] wrote: Get rid of the royal family and this absurd outdated granting of bribes.[/p][/quote]Hear hear! Incredible in this day and age one person can rule over so many purely as an accident of birth. allinittogether
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6:41pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Colin Allcars says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
Some well deserving local folk receiving some of these hard earned awards. Excellent, you've done yourself and the district proud!!
and plenty of celebs who get awards for...being celebs. therefore these awards are meaningless if they aren't all deserved.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: Some well deserving local folk receiving some of these hard earned awards. Excellent, you've done yourself and the district proud!![/p][/quote]and plenty of celebs who get awards for...being celebs. therefore these awards are meaningless if they aren't all deserved. Colin Allcars
  • Score: 3

8:45pm Sun 15 Jun 14

bradfordian says...

Well done Leighton. You have worked so hard and have businesses round the world which bring much needed revenue to this country.
Well done Leighton. You have worked so hard and have businesses round the world which bring much needed revenue to this country. bradfordian
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