Queen honours dedicated Fylde coast workers

Blackpool Sixth Form Principal, Felicity Greeves
Blackpool Sixth Form Principal, Felicity Greeves
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COLLEGE chief Felicity Greeves has looked at husband John’s OBE for more than a decade – but now she has one of her own to marvel at!

The Blackpool Sixth Form College leader has been honoured for 36 dedicated years teaching the nation’s youngsters with a gong in the New Year’s Honours list.

Mrs Greeves, who lives in Poulton, said: “The letter was addressed from the Cabinet Office and I had no idea what it was. I thought ‘what’s this?’.

“Then I opened it and read it...I was so pleased. My husband John, who was principal at Exeter College, was given an OBE about 15 years ago so he is obviously delighted for me.

“It’s recognition for everything we have done at Blackpool Sixth Form, the governors, the staff and the students.”

Mrs Greeves was vice-principal at Blackpool and the Fylde College before taking over at Blackpool Sixth Form in 2004, spearheading a multi-million pound rebuild and changes to the curriculum, which was rewarded with the college’s best ever results this year.

She added: “I enjoy my work and I get up every morning looking forward to going into college. It should be brilliant going to London to collect it surrounded by all the Olympians, I can’t wait.”

Other Fylde coast winners include police volunteer Elaine Bertenshaw, scout leader Thomas Westall and fund-raiser Stephen O’Keeffe, 50, from Riversleigh Avenue, North Shore, who were all awarded the British Empire Medal.

David Blower was awarded the MBE for his tenant engagement work in Fleetwood.

Mr O’Keeffe, who has raised more than £40,000 for Leukemia Research and Trinity Hospice, said: “This is a big shock, but a pleasant one.

“My brother died nine years ago on Christmas Eve and I’ve organised a golf day in his memory every year since then.

“I also set myself the challenge of raising £5,000 during my 50th year by getting my head shaved and waxing my legs.”

Christopher Bywater, 60, of Grange Road, Hambleton, was awarded the OBE for his 43 years at the Department of Work and Pensions.

He said: “I feel really privileged to receive this honour which reflects the hardwork and professionalism of the team I was able to lead at the DWP.”

President of Fylde District Scouts Thomas Westall, 90, from Lytham, still takes an active role with young people in South Fylde after first joining the scouts aged seven.

He said: “I’m immensely proud of this award but I know other people have been involved at the same time and it’s all team work.

“I’m particularly proud to receive it in the Queen’s Jubilee Year.