A HOST of people from across the Bradford district have been included in the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours list, which celebrates its centenary this year.

Alongside the New Year Honours list, the awards recognise the achievements and service of people across the UK, from all walks of life.

Among those included in yesterday’s list was 91 year-old Dr Rudi Leavor, chairman of the Bradford Synagogue in Manningham, who has been recognised for his services to the Jewish community and interfaith relations in the city.

A cabinet office spokesman said Dr Leavor had been “instrumental” in keeping the synagogue viable, seeing it become a centre for interfaith meetings, and had built a “unique relationship with all religious leaders”, particularly the Muslim community.

On receiving his British Empire Medal (BEM) he said: “I am thrilled, especially after coming to this country as a refugee from Germany in 1937.

“I have given something back to the country that took me in, and it is a double honour for the Jewish community and for the interfaith work, so I’m very pleased.”

Also receiving BEM’s were Elaine Scriven, who was recognised for services to the community in Bradford after serving as manager of a day care centre in Thorpe Edge for 21 years, and Noor Ali, a senior buying manager for Morrison Supermarkets who was honoured for services to diversity in the retail industry.

Geraldine Howley, group chief executive of Incommunities, the district’s biggest social housing landlord, said she was “humbled” to receive the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to housing, young people, and the local community. Last year, she was made a Doctor of the University of Bradford for her outstanding contribution to housing across the district.

She said: “It is an incredible feeling to receive this award. As someone who has been brought up in Bradford and built a career here, this honour is an extremely humbling one that I want to share with my family and friends. I am a strong believer in team work and see this as a tribute to many brilliant and dedicated people who have worked with me over the years.”

Also receiving an OBE is Professor Colin Mellors, of Ilkley, awarded for services to economic development in Yorkshire.

Professor Deborah Lawlor, who grew up in Great Horton and works with the innovative Born in Bradford study, has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of her services to social and community medicine research, describing the award as an “incredible honour.”

Dr Ingrid Roscoe, Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, becomes a Dame after receiving the Royal Victorian Order, and Brian Noble, who led Bradford Bulls to a string of titles as coach between 2000 and 2006, becomes a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to Rugby League and charity.

Also receiving MBEs are Sandra Major, a former senior caseworker to the MP Jo Cox, who is honoured for her parliamentary services and service to the community in Batley and Spen, Professor Jane Nixon, of Bingley, who is recognised for services to health research in her role as deputy director of the Clinical Trials Research Unit at the University of Leeds, and Michael Davies, of Ilkley, who is honoured for services to business and disadvantaged children in North Yorkshire.