AWARD-winning DJ Graham Lees has been honoured again – by the Governor of Texas.
Graham, 68, of Thornhill, travelled to the Lone Star state earlier this month to collect a country music gong.
While there he also received a surprise commendation from state governor Greg Abbott.
It was in recognition of the efforts which saw him crowned DJ of the year by the Cowtown Society of Western Music.
Graham, of Overthorpe Avenue, is the first DJ from outside North America to win such an award.
His commendation is signed by Republican Mr Abbott with the seal of the state of Texas.
Graham said: “To receive a certificate from Governor Abbott was unbelievable. It was the icing on the cake.
“In 15 years of doing country and western shows, I would never in my dreams have expected this to happen to me.”
Graham is a presenter on HWD Hospital Radio at Dewsbury District Hospital and also broadcasts online.
When not DJ-ing he is secretary of the Overthorpe Tenants’ and Residents’ Association.
Graham travelled for the awards to Mineral Wells, a city about 140 miles east of Dallas.
On the night of May 6 there were jam sessions featuring country musicans who had travelled from all over.
The following day Graham and 25 others received their awards, including seven-piece outfit Shoot Low Sheriff as band of the year.
All were presented with a medal and lifetime membership of the Cowtown Society.
Western Swing, one of the two genres that make up country music, is the official music of the state of Texas.
Graham said: “I had a great time and met many of the performers whose music I’ve played on my shows.
“It’s been a great honour and privilege for me to win an international award as DJ of the year.”