SIR Steve Houghton has thanked everyone he has worked with over many years following news of his knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Responding to the announcement, Cllr Houghton said: "I'm very honoured, privileged and proud to have been given the award.

"For me it is as much recognition of all we are doing in Barnsley as it is anything I have achieved.

"I want to thank those who nominated me and those who gave the honour, but above all thank all those people I have worked with in Barnsley and local government over many years who have helped to make this possible."

Fellow Cudworth ward councillor and former Barnsley mayor Charlie Wraith has also been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for public service and services to the community in Barnsley.