In a night of laughter, tears and memories, familiar faces from Yorkshire's TV, sporting, political, business and community life were recognised in the 34th Yorkshire Awards, Hilton Leeds City. 

Broadcasting giant Harry Gration was remembered by his family and and guests who gave his wife Helen and their son Harrison a standing ovation as they received his Lifetime Achivement Award. 

There wasn't a dry eye in the house as talented as Harrison, a talented singer studying music, paid tribute to his dad with his version of 'Stars' from the musical, Les Miserables

Author Milly Johnson was guest speaker. 

The awards are given by The Yorkshire Society to recognise the people and businesses of Yorkshire promoting the county with their achievements, excellence and spirit.

Other winners included Lindsey Burrow, honoured for supporting husband Rob, former Leeds Rhino player struck down by Motor Neurone Disease. ‘We want her love and loyalty, and dedication to helping Rob, to be recognised as an example to all others’, said the awards committe. 

The roll call also included 

Community Hero Award: Dr Amir Khan, recognised for his efforts to help ordinary people nationwide during a time of pandemic, providing them with much needed trustworthy help and advice. Read more from Amir in his monthly Yorkshire Life column.

Man of the Year Award:  Chris Mason, BBC Political Editor. At the centre of political debate and decision making in UK. 

Business Enterprise Award: John Cotton Group  

Arts & Entertainment Award: Emmerdale cast and crew, who last year celebrated the show’s 50th anniversary.   

Sporting Achievment: Tom Pidcock MBE, British cyclist who currently competes in the cyclo-cross, mountain bike and road bicycle racing disciplines of the sport for UCI WorldTeam Ineos Grenadiers.  

Special Award: Dr Arthur France MBE organiser of Leeds West Indian Carnival. 

Richard Whitely Award: Paul Stead of Daisybeck Studios, a Yorkshire based TV production company producing shows including The Yorkshire Vet and Our Great Yorkshire Life. 

International Award: Jet2 - the UK's third largest airline based in Leeds, affectionately considered Yorkshire’s national airline. 

The awards were hosted by Yorkshire Life columnist and broadcaster, Christine Talbot and her former Calendar co-presenter Duncan Wood.