Buckingham Palace has announced that Her Majesty The Queen will be coming to Sheffield on Maundy Thursday, April 2nd, to distribute the Royal Maundy.
The Queen will be accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. In over 900 years, this will be the first time that this State Occasion has taken place in South Yorkshire.
The Queen will be welcomed to the city’s Church of England cathedral by a congregation of over 1,000 representatives from churches in South Yorkshire and organisations from the whole County. The Queen will personally distribute a gift of Maundy Money to 178 individuals over the age of 70 in recognition of their service to the church and community.
According to ancient tradition, the number of recipients and the amount of money are directly related to the Sovereign’s age. Therefore, as Her Majesty is 89 years old, 89 men and 89 women will receive 89 pence in specially minted Maundy Money, together with a further gift, in two specially made leather purses.
The money is specially struck by the Royal Mint for this service, and includes 3 pence pieces—which are legal tender! The 178 recipients have been nominated by churches from across South Yorkshire, and each is invited to attend the Cathedral with a guest. All of them have been chosen because of their service of church and community.
A Yorkshire MP has spoken out over the decision not to include Gary Verity, the man who brought the Tour de France to Yorkshire, in this year's Honours list.
Speaking in the Commons, Shipley MP Philip Davis expressed his disappointment that the Welcome to Yorkshire boss had not been included after bringing one of the world's biggest sporting events to the county:
to controversy over the New Year's Honours List following the leaking of some high-profile names, including the Epworth-born actress Sheridan Smith.
Among those honoured today are the Hillsborough campaigner Trevor Hicks and the inspirational doctor Kate Granger. But there is no award for Gary Verity - the man who masterminded the Tour De France in Yorkshire.
David Hirst reports:
Several Yorkshire personalities have tweeted their surprise that Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity was left out of the New Year honours list.
Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan and Yorkshire Cricket captain Andrew Gale both voiced their shock at the omission.
Can someone tell me how @garyverity hasn't got an MBE? Brought and organised one of the best sporting events the country's ever seen?!
Cllr Riordan congratulated the recently retired Peter Smith who was recognised for his role in sport in the city, including overseeing the Tour de France in Leeds and the city's contribution to London 2012.
John Hurt, one of the grand figures of TV and film, has been awarded a knighthood for his services to drama.
His distinguished career has taken him through a series of mesmerising performances, from the groundbreaking TV portrayal of Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant, through his title role in The Elephant Man to his brief incarnation as The Doctor last year in BBC One's Doctor Who.
Few viewers would ever forget the heart-stopping moment Sir John met his end in Alien, or his role as Winston Smith in 1984.
The 74-year-old, the son of a clergyman, developed an interest in acting at school but was discouraged by his parents and headteacher, and instead went to art college with an eye to becoming a teacher.
However, he went on to land a scholarship for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Rada) and picked up TV and film roles until he had his major breakthrough, appearing in A Man For All Seasons as Richard Rich.
Sir John achieved further prominence in the film 10 Rillington Place as Timothy Evans who was wrongly executed for the crimes of serial killer John Christie (played by Richard Attenborough), and as Caligula in the celebrated BBC drama I Claudius.
His distinctive voice graced a chilling Aids awareness ad campaign in the 1980s, the character of Hazel in the animated film Watership Down and Kilgharrah the dragon in the BBC series Merlin.
Other roles have included occasional appearances as wand-maker Mr Ollivander in the Harry Potter films, his performance as Stephen Ward - a key figure in the Profumo affair - in Scandal and a reprisal of his role as Crisp for An Englishman In New York in 2009, 34 years after his original portrayal of the flamboyant figure.
Hillsborough Campaigner Trevor Hickes will receive a CBE after being included on the New Year honours list.
Dr Kate Granger from Wakefield has been awarded an MBE. There is also an MBE for 70-year-old Alva Lambert for his 40 years working for Sheffield's African Caribbean community:
Sheridan Smith, who has been given an OBE in the New Year Honours list, said she was "overwhelmed" by the award.
Smith, who played Cilla Black in the acclaimed ITV biopic Cilla, said: "I'm sincerely thankful and humbled to be recognised with such an honour.
"I'm overwhelmed and hope to continue doing the work that I love for many years to come."
The 33-year-old actress' portrayal of Cilla Black was so successful that it sent her version of Anyone Who Had A Heart into the Top 40.
Over a hundred young people have been receiving awards today, from the only charity allowed to bear the name of Diana, Princess of Wales. The Diana Awards reward young people who have made a real difference to their communities. Today is the first time the awards ceremony has moved out of London. Frazer Maude went to join the winners.
It has been a day to remember for the Deputy Mayor of Selby who has been to Buckingham Palace, where he was honoured by the Queen. It's an achievement made all the more remarkable because councillor Gavin Harding is thought to be the first person in Europe with a learning disability to hold a mayoral position. Grace Melody-Gardner reports.