Five Calderdale people named in Queen’s honours list

Northern Broadsides Barrie Rutter as John Rutherford
Northern Broadsides Barrie Rutter as John Rutherford

Calderdale champions have been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year honours list.

Halifax’s touring company Northern Broadsides director Barrie Rutter and Parkinson Lane Primary School, Halifax, head teacher Gugsy Ahmed were awarded the Order of the British Empire awards.

Chairman of Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce David Malcolm Horsman, of Halifax, was awarded a MBE.

Calderdale’s Help in Bereavement Services (CHiBS) founder Jennifer Hirst was given the British Empire Medal.

Commander Peter Terry from the Metropolitan Police, who grew up in Halifax, was awarded the Queen’s Policing Medal.

Over the last 23 years, Barrie Rutter has been instrumental in establishing regional and international stature for the acclaimed Northern Broadsides, Dean Clough.

Former Nurse Jenny Hirst is one of the founder members of the charity CHiBS, which for three decades has offered a support service for people dealing with bereavement.

This year Gugsy Ahmed championed social cohesion between children of different faiths, ages and backgrounds in a inclusive project which saw 600 Calderdale children perform on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

See Friday’s paper for interviews and full article.