A TOP football manager was the guest of honour as a school celebrated the achievements of hundreds of its pupils.
Middlesbrough FC boss and former captain Tony Mowbray was in Hartlepool last night for English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College’s awards evening.
He handed out around 250 certificates and awards to children who have excelled themselves during their time at the Catcote Road school.
The event was staged in the school’s sports hall after invited guests had met Mr Mowbray at a reception.
Previous guests of honour at the annual do have included Newcastle United and England player Peter Beardsley and former Hartlepool United manager and Sunderland and Middlesbrough striker Brian Clough.
Famous author Philippa Gregory, who wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was turned into a Hollywood blockbuster, has also presented awards in the past.
English Martyrs headteacher Michael Lee, who is a Middlesbrough fan, said he was delighted to welcome the Boro boss to the school.
Mr Lee said: “I was absolutely delighted to get somebody of his stature to come along.
“We have a long tradition of getting notable people, from the sporting world in particular, to come along and hand out awards.
“It is great for the students to have their achievements recognised.”
l See Saturday’s Mail for more coverage from the evening.