Honour for Diane

Doreen Hardie and Diane Roberts
Doreen Hardie and Diane Roberts
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A COLLEGE principal from Castleford was awarded a CBE from the Queen during a glittering ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Diane Roberts, 53, who grew up in Airedale and was a former pupil at Castleford High School, was given the accolade in the Queen’s New Year Honours for her services to further education.

Proud onlookers at the ceremony included her mother Doreen Hardie, 73, of Methley.

Mrs Roberts, who is principal at Brockenhurst College in Hampshire and lives on the Isle of Wight, said: “I was very proud last week to collect the CBE on behalf of everyone at Brockenhurst College and to be able to tell the queen about the college, and the contribution that everyone had made for our young learners, adults, employers and our local community.

“This honour is shared with all of the college community, especially our staff, whose hard work, team effort and dedication continue to make our college so successful and so special.”

Mrs Roberts, whose maiden name is Hardie, went to Castleford Grammar School and then Portsmouth University to study fine art at the age of 19. She later trained to become a teacher and worked at the Isle of Wight college, before joining Brockenhurst College as a deputy principal.

Mrs Roberts was promoted to the role of principal in 2006.