Doncaster mayor congratulates royal honour recipients

Ros Jones, Labour
Ros Jones, Labour

Doncaster mayor Ros Jones has congratulated a trio of Doncaster women who were rewarded by the Queen in the New Year Honours List.

Doncaster-born BAFTA-winning actress Sheridan Smith, 33, who has won rave reviews for performances on stage and screen, will receive the OBE for services to drama.

Meanwhile, Conisbrough resident Yvonne Rufus, 60, a grand-mother-of-six, will get a British Empire Medal for charity work, after helping to raise nearly £1 million through events that she has organised with a performance troupe, ‘Stars In Our Eyes’.

Completing the trio is fundraising keep fit instructor Hilda Green, who will also receive the British Empire Medal. The 77-year-old grandmother-of-six, of Fernhurst Road, Wheatley Hills, has been keeping residents on their toes at the weekly St Aidan’s Keep Fit Group in Ennerdale Communal Hall ever since she launched it in 1971.

Mayor Jones said: “It is a very proud day for Doncaster, to see three local women recognised for their varied and valuable achievements.

“Both Yvonne Rufus and Hilda Green’s work for the community and local charities is outstanding. They wholeheartedly deserve such acknowledgement and recognition. Our thanks should go to all the unsung heroes working within and for the community.

“I am delighted to see that Sheridan Smith, one of our many talented people, has been acknowledged by being included in the New Year’s Honours list, as I have always said that Doncaster has an abundance of talented individuals, who all richly deserve such accolades.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our residents a happy and healthy New Year.”