A GIRL Guide leader, business owner and university director are among the people from Bradford who have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.

Janet Armstrong, who has led Brown, Rainbow and Girl Guide groups for more than 53 years, has been awarded an MBE for her services to the community of Oakworth. The 74-year-old also organises the Oakworth Gala as well as an annual memorial service for six Canadian airmen who died near the village and a number of other events for residents.

The mum-of-three said: “I was taken aback. I never expect awards for what I do, I do it because I love it. Being able to give girls a place where they can fulfil their own potential is why I do this, it’s for them.”

Janet joined the Brownies when she was seven and said she has seen generations of girls pass through the groups, including her own three daughters.

Janet, who still works two mornings a week in Oakworth Post Office, added: “The girls I deal with are just amazing. I’m very proud. The award means a great deal to me and my family.”

Peter Heald, director of Lunds of Otley and Otley BID, said he was shocked to be recognised for services to business and the community.

The 68-year-old, who has served on the Chamber of Trade, Otley Town Partnership and the Rotary Club, said he is particularly proud of being involved with running five farmers markets.

He added: “To be honoured was such a shock, I’m so pleased. I have no idea who nominated me. My wife Lesley was delighted, she puts up with me spending an awful lot of my time on projects. I’m a bit of a workaholic. This is a great way to celebrate the New Year.”

The University of Bradford’s director of estates and facilities, Clive Wilson, will also be made an MBE for services to higher education and sustainability. Clive’s team was integral to the campus being named as the fourth most environmentally sustainable in the world.

He said: “This is a tremendous honour and totally unexpected. I’m very proud but particularly proud for my whole team.”

Linda Colclough from charity Mosaic II was honoured for services to victims of sexual abuse and Mary Dowson, director of BCB radio, was made a BEM for services to community radio.

Debbie Gardiner, of Bradford training centre Qube Learning, was made MBE for services to apprenticeships and charity and Jackie Daniel, chief executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, from Haworth, was recognised for services to healthcare. The University of Bradford’s Barbara Woodward-Carlton was made an MBE for dementia research.