Local People Recognised in New Year Honours List

Among them, a headteacher, a mounted South Yorkshire Police officer and the head of a local women's rights charity.

The headteacher at Herringthorpe Infants School Lynne Pepper has been awarded an OBE for services to education.

While Zlakha Ahmed, the Chief Executive at local charity Apna Haq, has been given an MBE for services to women's rights and community cohesion.

She told us she's proud:

"It does feel like an amazing achievement. If I look at my work and how I've developed as an individual it's always been about making a difference in the communities I live and work in. 

"To get that work recognised is amazing."

Paul Brown's a mounted police officer who's been honoured with the British Empire Medal for his dedication to South Yorkshire Police.

He officially retired earlier this year but has become a special constable, to keep giving his time to serve our area:

"I've done a role that I've loved for 42 years, and my job as a mounted officer over the past 30 years has become a hobby as well.

"I'll still be at the stables mucking out. I'm keeping my feet on the ground."


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