Cricket-lover Roy is hit for six by MBE

Roy Simpson with his grandchildren Luke Nesbitt and Lily Nicholson, who are pupils at Shotton Hall.
Roy Simpson with his grandchildren Luke Nesbitt and Lily Nicholson, who are pupils at Shotton Hall.
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An education and cricket stalwart has spoken of his pride after being awarded an MBE.

Roy Simpson, the former chair of governors and current chair of trust at The Academy at Shotton Hall, in Peterlee, was recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list for his services to education, cricket and the community of Durham.

I’m just a boy from Wingate, and receiving the MBE means everything to me.

Roy Simpson

Mr Simpson was chair of governors at the school for 23 years, and has spent 25 years as a governor.

He has also been involved in grassroots cricket in a variery of roles as a player and administrator for over 50 years, and was chairman of Peterlee Cricket Club for 20 years.

In addition, he spent 18 years as a magistrate after being appointed as a Justice of the Peace to Easington Petty Sessional Division.

At Shotton Hall, Mr Simpson – who has been married to wife Cynthia for almost 48 years – has worked alongside four headteachers, and oversaw the rebuild of the school in 2011.

Mr Simpson said: “I’m just a boy from Wingate, and receiving the MBE means everything to me. The work that I have been recognised for has brought me enormous pleasure and satisfaction for many years and to be rewarded for it with such a prestigious honour is a humbling experience and one that I am truly grateful for.”

Executive principal and the fourth headteacher Roy has been chair of governors alongside, Lesley Powell, said: “Roy has helped us transform to become one of the most successful schools in England, giving Shotton Hall students the very best start in life.

“This honour is truly deserved and is finding a home with a wonderful and inspirational man.”