Doncaster's elected mayor has Ros Jones received a CBE in recognition of her services to local government.

And a leading South Yorkshire sportswoman has been awarded the BEM for services to canoeing.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 30th December 2016, 12:16 pm
Updated Monday, 9th January 2017, 12:02 pm
Ros Jones CBE
Ros Jones CBE

The newly created Dame Ros has been mayor of the borough since May 2013.

Prior to her election she was a Labour councillor for her home ward of Askern for seven years.

Esther Mathews BEM

Prior to entering politics, the 67-year-old miner's daughter was an accountant in the public sector for 30 years.

Dame Ros was supported in her role by husband Alan, also a Labour councillor, who acted as the mayor's consort until his death in the summer.

Esther Mathews founded the Green Star Canoe Club in Doncaster in 1993.

The club, where she is still secretary and coach, has grown to be one of the largest canoe and kayak slalom clubs in the country.

Esther Mathews BEM

In 2014 Ms Mathews, of Bessacarr, was a finalist in Community section of Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year Awards (illustrated).