Birthday honours recognise Eddy and Michael’s work

Headteacher Eddy Jackson
Headteacher Eddy Jackson

A former headmaster from Cabus has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Eddy Jackson was head of Blackpool’s Highfurlong Special School for 23 years, seeing it achieve a raft of ‘outstanding’ ratings from Ofsted inspectors.

Mr Jackson, 63, who lives on Snapewood Lane, retired from the Blackpool Old Road school last summer, said he will accept the award on behalf of everyone involved in Blackpool’s special needs community.

He added: “News of the honour brought a tear to my eye because of the huge efforts and work involved in gaining the award.”

Mr Jackson was famed for donning his wetsuit and taking on charity windsurfing events to raise money for vital high-tech communication aids for young people with complex and severe disabilities.

Meanwhile former Central Lancashire Euro MP Michael Welsh, who is also a former Conservative group leader on Lancashire County Council where he served as a councillor for 16 years, received an MBE for services to the community in Lancashire.

He said:“Obviously I am very pleased and flattered to be honoured in this way – it’s a nice thing to happen.

“I’ve been in public service in one form or another for quite a lot of my life and everybody likes to be recognised.”