THE QUEEN'S representative in South Yorkshire has given a speech, thanking all key worker for their hard work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Andrew Coombe was appointed as the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire in 2015. As part of his role he undertakes formal engagements on behalf of the Queen throughout the region.

In a speech he delivered online, Andrew expressed his appreciation for the hard work of all key workers and thanked the public for staying at home during the lockdown measures.

He said: "The actions of individuals, whether acting independently or collectively, have resulted in some truly inspiring and jaw-dropping examples of personal sacrifice and commitment.

“What makes it even more extraordinary is that many of those are being carried out by members of the team who are normally less visible. Well you are no longer, you are all heroes, every one of you.

“Much has been said, rightly, in praise of the NHS, South Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, the Military, local authority employees and those looking after the elderly and vulnerable in the community, including care homes and hospices.

“I also want to thank the army of unpaid carers and all those all those people who have stoically continued to carry out with the utmost dedication all those essential tasks, which keep our community going; shops and supermarket staff, truck and van drivers, those who work in utilities, Royal Mail staff, bus and train drivers, refuse collectors, religious leaders, undertakers, teachers and so many more, including our farmers, many of whom are still reeling from the impact of the recent floods.

“To you all, I say a big thank you and I salute you.”

To watch the full speech click here.