Cricket ace now a college Fellow

Andrew Flintoff receives his honorary degree
Andrew Flintoff receives his honorary degree

MYERSCOUGH College has unveiled its brand new honorary college fellows – including cricketing legend Andrew Flintoff MBE and horticultural broadcaster Christine Walkden.

The new fellows were given their scrolls at the College’s presentation of awards ceremonies when all of them donned cap and gown to receive them.

Andrew Flintoff was awarded his fellowship in recognition of his outstanding cricketing career both nationally and internationally.

Throughout his playing career he was known as one of the biggest crowd pleasers and most feared all-rounders of his generation.

His international career saw him captain England and win man of the series awards twice, the second occasion being through his performance as part of the 2005 side that regained the Ashes, for which the whole team were named in the Queens’ New Year’s Honours List and for which Andrew received the MBE.

That same year he was named as the PCA Player of the Year, ICC Player of the Year and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

He commented: “It is a great honour to receive this Fellowship from Myerscough College and a delight to present all these successful students with their awards.”

Christine Walkden was awarded here fellowship in recognition of her substantial achievements as a horticulturist and plants woman, along with her many other achievements in the education, training and broadcasting sectors.

She was originally trained at Myerscough College and is now a well known presenter, having appeared on BBC’s Gardners World and various other TV and radio programmes as well as being a past winner of the Garden Writers’ Guild Radio Broadcasting Award.

She said: “I am delighted to have been chosen for an honorary fellowship at Myerscough and it is fantastic to see so many young horticulturists follow in my footsteps by using Myerscough as their training provider.”

As well as Andrew Flintoff and Christine Walkden, Sportsturf expert Michael O’Keefe and Rev Dr Stuart Burgess CBE also received honorary college fellowships.

Mr O’Keefe’s fellowship was awarded in recognition of his achievements in forging international links between Myerscough College and the Ohio State University. The Rev Dr Burgess CBE was awarded his fellowship due to his substantial achievements and commitments, both public and voluntary, in the support of the countryside and all things rural.

Ann Turner, Myerscough College’s chief executive and principal, said: “It is always a pleasure to induct our honorary college fellows. All four of them are an outstanding inspiration to all our students.”