THE QUEEN'S birthday honours list this year includes the man behind the Maxime Cinema in Blackwood.

Alongside Steven Reynolds' MBE, Robert James, of Caerphilly received an OBE for services to exports in the aerospace industry.

Kim Williamson of Caerphilly was also awarded the MBE for services to law and order.

Ms Williamson is an Inclusion and Community Engagement Manager for the Crown Prosecution Service.

Steven Reynolds, 66, from Croespenmaen was granted his honour because of his services to the UK cinema industry, spending his whole career working for and on behalf of independent cinemas throughout the UK, and contributing to the preservation of many small cinemas.

He said: “I thought it was a hoax when I got the letter, but I am absolutely honoured and over the moon.

"It’s not just for myself it is for my family as well.

"They have been a massive support to me and I couldn’t do it without them.”

He started as a projectionist in 1967 at worked for EMI in Birmingham, then later London and looked after their cinemas in the capital. He returned to Wales in 1974 and operated cinemas including the Scala in Pontypool.

He set up Four Seasons Entertainment in 1974 and it still program independent cinemas.

He also helped smaller independent cinemas switch to digital film as well as his involvement in the Maxime in Blackwood.

He said: “I have given new directors and producers a chance to be shown when much bigger companies often don’t give chance.”

As well as his other work, Mr Reynolds was involved in the Maxime Cinema in Blackwood.

“When I heard the bingo was closing I helped secure the building people said I was mad and that it would never been a success.

"We faced huge opposition, but we stuck at it and intend to continue.

“I got Picturedrome to take on the cinema and I came up with the pricing of £2.50 during the week and £3.50 at weekends.

"We now have 350,000 people attending the cinema every year.

“It’s my firm belief that cinema should be a habit and not a treat.”

South Wales Fire and Rescue Services’ Chief Fire Officer, Huw Jakeway, has been awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal.

Mr Jakeway has held every rank and position in the fire service since he joined as an Operational Firefighter in 1990.

He said he was “shocked and surprised” at the news of his nomination for his years of dedication to a job that he loves.

“Not a day has gone by when I haven’t enjoyed my work”, Mr Jakeway said. “It’s the most satisfying and rewarding job I’ve ever done.”

“I am immensely proud, personally, but I see the award as being received on behalf of everyone in the fire service,”Mr Jakeway said.

This weekend, Mr Jakeway will have a quiet celebration with his family, before preparing for a ‘Bridge to Brighton’ cycling event to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity.

Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: “It is with great delight that I congratulate those who have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

"These honours acknowledge the incredible achievements of outstanding individuals who work tirelessly to improve the lives of others and inspire those around them.

"I am proud to see people from all walks of Welsh life being recognised for their achievements and I am grateful for their commitment and dedication to their communities. Congratulations to you all.”