Honours joy for college manager Roberta

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One of the leading members of a Fylde coast college has told of her joy after collecting a major honour.

Roberta Austin, centre manager at Blackpool and The Fylde College’s construction training centre, Blackpool Build Up, was this week presented with an MBE for services to vocational education by The Princess Royal, Princess Anne.

Roberta travelled to Buckingham Palace in London to collect her medal, after being given the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June.

During her time with Blackpool and The Fylde College, Roberta has overseen close to 4,000 people into employment in the construction industry.

Roberta said: “Receiving the award is a moment I will never forget; I only wish my whole team was with me as I truly believe that this honour is for all of us. The day was wonderful and I have never seen anything as grand as Buckingham Palace.”

It wasn’t Roberta’s first brush with royalty.

She added: “I was given my MBE by the Princess Royal and what was lovely was that she remembered me from meeting me in London last July. I was there previously to collect Build Up’s Community Programme Award from the Howard League for Penal Reform. I feel very lucky – not many people get to meet a royal twice in a year and I would love to thank the college for all their assistance.”