A SKIPTON businessman has been recognised by a top children's charity for his charity work over 30 years.

Kevin Horkin, owner of High Street store Ken Varey's Outdoor World, has been given a Legend of Industry award by Variety, the national charity which supports sick, disabled and disadvantaged children.

He was presented with the award, for prolific fundraising for various charities in the north-west over three decades, at a gala dinner in Manchester.

He said: "I was absolutely delighted to accept the honour from such a respected British institution as Variety. I am also mindful that behind any personal award such as this, it is always a team effort and I pay particular tribute to all the individuals who have supported me over the years."

The Ken Varey Skipton store was opened in 2011, and is part of Clitheroe-based The Horkin Group.

Previous recipients of the award have included TV presenter Eamonn Holmes, TV personality and entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne and novelist and scriptwriter Lynda La Plante.