This years Queen’s Honours list has been announced and it is the most diverse yet.

The majority of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List was compiled before the ongoing pandemic. The List was deferred in order to consider nominations for people playing crucial roles during the first months of the COVID-19 effort and has prioritised frontline and community heroes who went above and beyond their duties to help others.

One such person was Batley’s Imran Rashid Dawji, who was awarded the MBE for his role in helping recruit 25,000 temporary staff across the country for Asda, so their stores could ensure everyone got the food they needed during lockdown.

Dawji said: “It was a pivotal time so we had to ensure everything was close to perfect, as we had a duty to ensure support was provided to everyone around the country.

“I would like to thank my manager and all my colleagues. Our success would not have been possible without your unwavering support and encouragement. Thank you.”

Imran’s manager at Asda Samantha Buck said: “This is an incredibly proud moment for Imran, myself and the company. We worked tirelessly to ensure we hired and paid all of our colleagues correctly. Imran was fundamental in this process, often working extended hours for myself and the team. Imran is fully deserving of this fantastic award and, always working with a smile on his face, he’s a real pleasure to work with.”