Queen's birthday honours: Emmerdale star and Rotherham businesswoman among those recognised

The actor, best-known as Eric Pollard, the longest serving character on Emmerdale, has been awarded a British Empire Medal for services to drama and charity.

Chris Chittell has been in the soap since 1986, but off-screen he has taken part in numerous charity fundraisers.

He is among more than 60 people from our region to have been recognised for their services and achievements.

One of the highest awards in goes to the woman who has spearheaded the campaign to save Wentworth Woodhouse near Rotherham, one of our finest country houses.

Julie Kenny is to be made a Dame and hopes the stately home's restoration could revive Rotherham's fortunes.

Other people given awards include Eileen Fenton from Dewsbury, who at 90 was given an MBE for her services to swimming, Ray Gray from Beverley who has been volunteering as a specialist rescuer after some of the world's worst natural disasters, and Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, leading the hunt to find the killer of York chef Claudia Lawrence.