MBE for BBC Look North’s Harry Gration

14/6/13   Harry Gration celebrates being awarded the MBE , outside York Minster yesterday (fri).

14/6/13 Harry Gration celebrates being awarded the MBE , outside York Minster yesterday (fri).

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Popular presenter Harry Gration is on the Queen’s Birthday honors, 2013.

Loved across Yorkshire, the broadcasting favourite who joined BBC Look North in 1984 from BBC Radio Leeds was recognised for his services to broadcasting.

He said: “It is an overwhelming honour. Something I never thought would happen to me.

“I have to say thank you to all my colleagues. They are the one’s who have made this happen. For a lad born in a back-to-back in Bradford I know my mum and dad would have loved to have been around for this day. And yes I did a Dickie Bird and had a few tears.”

Gration, who now lives in York, started out his career as a history teacher but used school holidays to compile match reports for local radio stations.

Since 1999 he has appeared on screen at Look North mainly alongside Christa Ackroyd. He has also presented long-running sports programme Grandstand and covered the Olympics nine times as well as the Commonwealth Games, football World Cup, Wimbledon and the Open Golf Championship.

Gration has won two Royal Television Society Awards for sports documentaries, and was president of the Scarborough Cricket Festival in 2006 and 2007.

He is involved with a number of charities across Yorkshire.

Other Yorkshire MBE’s for 2013 include Huddersfield lady Christine Bowker - an award-winning gymnast who has coached budding gymnasts for more than four decades and who founded Greenhead gymnastics club in Huddersfield in 1968.

Kathryn Ward, of Keighley, community paediatrics consultant at Airedale General Hospital, appointed MBE for services to child protection.

Govinder Dhaliwal, of Bradford, appointed MBE for services to the community and community cohesion.

Jeremy Mackrell, of Oxenhope, near Keighley, appointed MBE for services to the charity and the community.