A FORMER serviceman is one of four people from the borough to be granted an MBE by the Queen in her annual birthday honours list.
PHILIP EDMUND, of Winnock Road, Yiewsley, served in the Royal Air Force from 1973 to 1996, and thereafter worked at the Burma Star Association.
He said he believed the chairman at the association had recognised his dedication to his work, and nominated him.
Mr Edmund, who is 53, said: "I work 17 weekends in a year, on top of my normal working hours, and I was overjoyed to receive the MBE.
"It's extremely exciting and it also gives recognition to our association and the work that we do."
Mr Edmund does general administration work at the Burma Star Association and has recently taken on the workloads of the national secretary and director general after they left the organisation.
The association promotes comrade-ship among those who fought in Burma in the Second World War, and is also a welfare organisation, from which members or their widows can gain assistance and support. Mr Edmund was one of 140 UK service personnel granted the honour this year.
Also honoured was a hard-working dance choreographer for her services to south Asian dance.
NINA RAJARANI, 39, of Bourn Avenue, Hillingdon, received an MBE. She has worked in the dance industry for 18 years and has her own touring company.
She said: "I've made a lot of sacrifices for this. I've missed out on a lot of time with my kids. I don't even get to go shopping on a Saturday. I work all the time, sometimes until 3am.
"I feel that many years of hard work have finally been recognised. I have my ups and my downs and sometimes I wonder why I'm still doing this work, but achievements like this make it worthwhile.
"Classical Asian dance doesn't make you money; it's not really that popular, like Bollywood dance.
"It takes a lot of hard work just to generate interest in learning it."
In 2006 Ms Rajarani won the Place Prize, a British choreography competition.
She said: "Dance takes up all my life. Each year I choreograph new work myself, which can be taught and displayed on our tours. I feel honoured and valued to receive the MBE."
* MBEs were also awarded to: PRAVINA PATEL, from South Ruislip, for her voluntary service to victim support and witness care; and SYLVIA SMITH, of Ickenham, for her work as president of the National Association of Swimming Clubs for the Disabled.