VIDEO: My honour for bringing music to the masses

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She has dedicated decades to bringing music to the masses - but modest Olive Sutton was so surprised to feature in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours she thought it was a ‘cruel hoax’.

After realising her British Empire Medal was the real deal, operatic singer Olive, aged 86, from Richmond, Sheffield, said: “I’m dazed.”

Olive Sutton, aged 86, who has been awrded the BEM for her services to music.

Olive Sutton, aged 86, who has been awrded the BEM for her services to music.

Olive is recognised for services to music and charity fundraising.

Born and brought up in Hillsborough, she has devoted her life to performing, conducting and teaching opera.

In 1945 she started singing as a solo soprano in operatic societies, performing in hundreds of productions.

In 1969 she founded the New Opera Group in Sheffield, and was music director until 1985 when she formed amateur group the Sheaf Singers.

Olive, whose husband Arthur died 25 years ago, is still involved with the Sheaf Singers, who have performed 235 productions and raised thousands for charities.

And although Olive stopped singing at 75 to focus on teaching, she has no plans to give that up any time soon.

“It keeps me out of mischief,” she grinned.

South Yorkshire charity worker Tracy Haycox, who helps young runaways, is awarded the MBE.

Tracy, 51, is director of children and young people’s services for Dinnington charity Safe@Last.

A key innovation of hers has been the Safeplace refuge, the only one of its kind in England, and nationally Tracy has improved services by sharing experience and lobbying government.

“I’m humbled my contribution has been recognised,” she said.

Former Sheffield magistrate Ann Hill is awarded the MBE for services to the community.

The retired recruitment consultant from Rivelin Valley is recognised for voluntary work as a magistrate for 31 years and with Sheffield’s homeless charity Roundabout for 22.

“I haven’t shared the news with anyone yet - not even my husband,” said Ann, 71, who also helps at The Burton Street Project. “I’m just going to put this article under his nose!”

One of Sheffield’s leading health and business bosses is bound for Buckingham Palace after being awarded the OBE.

Tony Pedder, the man at the helm of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is recognised for services to business, health and voluntary sectors.

The dad-of-two, aged 63, from Dore, also chairs Sheffield Forgemasters International, and does charity work for Whirlow Hall Farm Trust.

“This honour is a source of immense pride,” he said.

Sheffield academic Professor Leni Oglesby has been awarded the OBE for services to higher education.

Prof Oglesby, 69, is a key figure on Higher Education Funding Councils for England and Wales. She has also worked at the universities of Sheffield among others.

Chair of Broomhill Forum, and a member of the Broomhill Festival planning group, she said: “I am very surprised but pleased.”

Sheffield businesswoman Cheryl Blair from Ecclesall receives the MBE.

A former executive manager at CPA UK, Mrs Blair, now retired, was responsible for developing the company’s approaches to assessment and accreditation services.

She receives the award for services to the promotion of accreditation to quality standards.

Barnsley Council leader Steve Houghton has been knighted for his parliamentary and political services.

He said: “I am very honoured, not just for myself but for the good things we have been doing across Barnsley.”

Former Barnsley Mayor Charlie Wraith receives the MBE for services to the community.

Mr Wraith, from Monk Bretton, served as mayor in 1997, and has dedicated nearly 40 years to public service in Barnsley. “I am very proud,” he said.

Anthony Dutton receives the British Empire Medal for services to the community.

Mr Dutton, 73, from Wombwell, Barnsley, has been a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator for 25 years, founder member and treasurer of the Friends of Wombwell Cemetery, a member of the South Yorkshire Police Authority Independent Custody Visiting Scheme, and an Ambulance Service responder.

A nurse who has spent her life working with some of the UK’s most dangerous people has been awarded the OBE.

Allison Tennant, 51, of the Isle of Axholme, Doncaster, is a nurse consultant at Rampton Hospital in Nottinghamshire, rewarded for services to healthcare.

Allison has worked in nursing for 32 years, often with men with dangerous personality disorders. “This is for them too,” she said.

Keith Birkitt, a Buxton Moutain Rescue Team volunteer, receives the BEM - and Ian Hurst, the team’s president, gets the MBE.

Ian was among the founders of the modern mountain rescue movement, joining in 1963. He has volunteered for more than 50 years and served in nearly every capacity, also playing a major role nationally.

Derbyshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Peter Goodman, who heads a collaboration of five Midlands police forces, receives the Queen’s Police Medal - as does Assistant Chief Constable, Dionne Collins.

Dionne, a police officer for over 20 years, began her career with Cleveland Police where she was the first female on the armed response team. She became an ACC in Derbyshire in 2006.