St Peter's School
OP Harry Gration (Queen's 1965 - 1969) has been appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant for North Yorkshire by the Lord Lieutenant for North Yorkshire, Mrs Johanna Ropner, with Her Majesty the Queen’s agreement.
Harry Gration will assist the Lord Lieutenant in her duty as HM the Queen’s official representative across North Yorkshire – the largest Lieutenancy area in the country.
With the five new appointees, North Yorkshire will now be served by 43 Deputy Lieutenants, drawn from various locations, backgrounds and disciplines who all demonstrate overriding commitment to their communities.
The Official London Gazette announcement on the 4th April 2019 included the following recognition of his services:
“Harry has enjoyed a career of over 40 years with the BBC, initially as a Sport and News Reporter for Radio Leeds through to his current role of presenting The Northern regional evening news programme. During his career, Harry has covered 9 Olympic Games, various Commonwealth Games, Football World Cups, Wimbledon and the Open (Golf). In 2013, Harry was appointed Member of the Order of The British Empire (MBE) for services to broadcasting. Harry is increasingly involved in charitable work, notably being Patron of St Luke’s Hospice, Sheffield and the Cavendish Centre, Sheffield. He is an ambassador for Help the Aged in Leeds. Over recent years, Harry has helped in the raising of over £1million for Sports Relief. His pursuits in aid of Sports Relief have included riding a tandem bike around the Tour de Yorkshire cycle route, a 139mile three-legged walk around Yorkshire and more recently pulling a sofa around Yorkshire.”