A YORK retailer and councillor who led Bishopthorpe Road to the title 'Britain’s High Street of the Year' has been awarded the MBE in the New Year's Honours List.
Johnny Hayes, who chairs the Bishy Road Traders Association as well as running Frankie and Johnny's cookware shop in the road, receives the honour for services to the community.
The Independent councillor for Micklegate ward said he was 'genuinely stunned and very proud' to receive the award and said: "I am privileged to have lived and worked in this neighbourhood for many years and receiving the MBE for my voluntary work here is an immense honour.”
The award comes just a month after Bishy Road won national success in the Great British High Streets Awards.
Cllr Hayes added: “I am so very proud but humbled to be awarded the MBE. I would like to thank everyone for their support, particularly my wife Frances and my lovely family."
York College's head of maths, Miggy Biller, has also received the MBE, but for services to mathematics in further education over the last 44 years.
A college spokeswoman said Miggy’s 'inspirational teaching' was 'legendary,' adding: "Students studying A Level maths enjoy the subject and often succeed well beyond their expectations. As the College’s Oxbridge coordinator, Miggy supports high-flying students through the Oxbridge application process.
"Over the years, hundreds of York College students have successfully progressed to Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and other top quality institutions, with many going on to do great things and enjoying high level careers." College principal Alison Birkinshaw said: "We all know she is thoroughly deserving of this honour. Miggy’s passion for maths, her exemplary teaching and her unstinting support for students is quite remarkable."
Stephen Ashby of Dunnington, formerly policy adviser, international plant health for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, receives the OBE for services to protecting plant health.
Dr Adrian Whitwood, of York, departmental computing officer and X-Ray crystallographer at the University of York, receives the BEM for services to scientific research and also to St John Ambulance in Selby.
Professor Stephen Smye, of Escrick, theme lead National Institute of Health Research, Clinical Research Network, receives the OBE for services to healthcare research.
Col Carron Snagge, of Fulford, chief executive of reserve forces and cadets association, Yorkshire and the Humber, receives the OBE for services to the reserves and cadets.
Angela White, of York, chief executive of Sefton Council for Voluntary Service, receives the OBE for services to community action.
A police chief and a leading firefighter from North Yorkshire have both won recognition in the New Year's Honours.
Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick, who has served in York as a Constable, Sergeant and Inspector, has been awarded the Queen's Police Medal for his work with the force.
Mr Madgwick played a significant role during York's floods of 2000 and led the hunt for murderer Mark Hobson in 2004 and, in May 2012, following the retirement of Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell, served as Temporary Chief Constable.
Chief Constable Dave Jones paid tribute, saying: "Not only has he dedicated his entire policing career to the people of the county, he has also contributed greatly to national policing. Tim has led teams through some of the most serious incidents North Yorkshire Police have dealt with in recent years in an exemplary way.
"He is a well-respected public official, within North Yorkshire and beyond. It’s a great honour to work with Tim, one of the most dedicated, passionate and loyal people I have had the privilege to work with."
Justin Rowe, 52, watch manager at Malton fire station, who is an endurance runner, running huge distances for charities as varied as the RNLI, Macmillan Cancer Support, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Help for Heroes and the Firefighters Charity, has been awarded the BEM (British Empire Medal) for services to the community and to charity.
He said he was 'absolutely full of pride and full of happiness', and told how he initially assumed on receiving a letter about the award that it was a 'wind up.'
A woman who has devoted many hours of her spare time to organising the Hambleton District Show for more than 20 years receives the British Empire Medal (BEM for services to the show and to charity.
Under Margaret Dawson, 68, of Boroughbridge, who oversees every aspect including organising judges, refreshments and volunteers, the show has become one of the largest horse shows in the country, with over 180 classes, showing in 12 rings.
She also organises the large raffle which raises in excess of £4,000 each year, and over the year, she has raised many thousands of pounds for charities such as the Heart Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis, the Leverhulme Animal Hospital, Farmers for Action and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Cllr John Keith Weighell, of Bedale, former leader of North Yorkshire County Council, receives the OBE for services to local government.
A Helmsley businesswoman has been awarded an MBE for services to rural business and skills in North Yorkshire.
Emma Woods, of Kirkbymoorside, took over Duncombe Sawmill in 2003 as it faced closure and has spent the past decade making it a niche timber business priding itself on manufacturing good quality British products which now employs eight people.