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.
The chairman of Beverley Racecourse Charles Maxsted received an MBE from the Queen today.
Mr Maxsted picked up the honour for his services to Beverley Racecourse and the wider community in the East Riding of Yorkshire. He has seen the racecourse evolve into a major attraction in the region and has also served as a magistrate for 32 years and also served on the old Beverley District Council.
Hundreds of people have gathered in North Yorkshire to see the Royal Corps of Signals exercise its Freedom of the town of Richmond for the first time in fifty years.
The troops were joined by their Colonel in Chief, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, who took the salute before presenting operational medals. Claire Montgomery reports
Hundreds of people have lined the streets of Richmond in anticipation of the arrival of Princess Anne, who will be in the town to take the salute as the Royal Corps of Signals exercises its Freedom of the town for the first time in 50 years.