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Council leader honoured by Queen

Roger Stone
Mr Stone was made council leader in 2003

The leader of Rotherham Council has been made an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for his service to local government.

Married father-of-three Roger Stone, 65, has held a number of positions within the council since he was elected in 1988. He was made leader in 2003.

One of Mr Stone's major aims has been to increase the town's economic growth.

Other names from South Yorkshire include Susan Gilroy who has become an MBE for services to table tennis.

Mrs Gilroy, from Barnsley, won gold when she beat her Nigerian opponent at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

James Wardrope has been recognised for services to medicine.

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Mr Wardrope is a consultant in emergency medicine at Sheffield's Northern General Hospital and has been appointed CBE.

Chief executive of Barnsley council Philip Coppard has been appointed OBE, also for services to local government.

And biographer and cultural historian Fiona McCarthy, from Sheffield, has been appointed OBE for her services to literature.

John Howard and Elizabeth Jeffries have both been appointed MBEs for their services to the community.



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