Responding to the publication of the New Year’s Honours 2018 list, Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council said:
“Congratulations to all those in Leeds and Yorkshire on recieving their honours.
“It’s great to see Steve Robinson honoured for all that he has done in his community for those with disabilities, and also volunteers Sheila Miller, Heather Mealing and Margaret Stead for all their hard work.
“Also congratulations to staff at Leeds Trinity Univeristy and University of Leeds for their honours.
“Finally a big congratulations to Hull City Council for all their hard work this year on City of Culture – it is great to see this work recognised.”
The British Empire Medal is a British medal awarded for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown. The current honour was created in 1922 to replace the original medal, which had been established in 1917 as part of the Order of the British Empire.
The first awards were presented by King George V at a special investiture held at Buckingham Palace on 27 September 1917. Initially, it was intended that the Order should lapse once the process of acknowledging war services was complete, but in 1922 it was made permanent. It was awarded on a huge scale at home and around the Empire some 25,000 recipients by 1921 and brought to an end the practice in Britain of confining honours to the political and military elite.