Royal honours for community champs

HRH Princess Anne presents Roberta Austin (centre) with an award to celebrate the sucesses of Blackpool and The Fylde College's Build Up program

HRH Princess Anne presents Roberta Austin (centre) with an award to celebrate the sucesses of Blackpool and The Fylde College's Build Up program

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A 99-year-old community champion, a windsurfing headteacher and the leader of a pioneering jobs project are among the Fylde people receiving awards from the Royal family today.

Six people who have invested their time and efforts into improving communities, health and education in the area will be presented with their honours at Buckingham Palace.

Among them is Ethel ‘Dobbie’ Dobbins, from Cleveleys, who has been singled out at 99 for her services to the community, having worked as a nurse, midwife and social worker.

Ex-headteacher Eddy Jackson, who retired from Highfurlong Special School after 23 years in 2013, will receive an MBE.

He has been honoured for his commitment to raising the profile of children with disabilities, having used his passion for windsurfing to raise money for equipment at the Blackpool Old Road school.

He said he accepts the award on behalf of everyone at the outstanding rated school.

He added: “This MBE is about Blackpool people making the world a better place with high expectations and high standards.

“On behalf of you all, thank you for your amazing efforts. You have made a difference.”

Also to be praised for her commitment to education, and employment, is Roberta Austin, manager of Blackpool and The Fylde College’s award-winning Build Up programme.

Ms Austin has helped to see more than 3,000 people in Blackpool get back into work or training.

And she is no stranger to meeting royalty, having been presented with an award from HRH Princess Anne earlier this year.

Also listed for honours are Julie Farrell JP, for services to the administration of justice in the resort, Blackpool GP, Dr Amanda Doyle, for her contribution to health, and Dr Andrew Treharne, from Lytham, for services to youth engagement in biology.