THE leader of Barnsley Council says he hopes more Barnsley folk will be nominated for awards after his knighthood.

Sir Steve Houghton, leader of Barnsley Council since 1996, said he was privileged and proud to be awarded a knighthood for parliamentary and political services in the Queen's birthday honours list.

"For me it's as much recognition of all we're doing in Barnsley as it is anything I have achieved and it's fantastic for the town," said Cllr Houghton.

"The fact is there are a lot of people in Barnsley doing wonderful things and they don't get the recognition they deserve - usually because other people simply do not know.

"It would be nice if the publicity about my knighthood could also act as an impetus to encourage more people to nominate others.

"The town already has the Proud of Barnsley awards which are hopefully going to expand.

"I would like to see more people nominate their neighbours, colleagues, family and friends for national awards because I genuinely believe there are some very very special people in this borough."