‘Superman’ Alan awarded a BEM

Alan Nixon with pupils at Collingwood School and Media Arts College.

Alan Nixon with pupils at Collingwood School and Media Arts College.

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A governor at a Morpeth school, who ‘always strives for the very best in whatever he is doing’, was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Alan Nixon, from Ashington, has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for his voluntary service at Collingwood School and Media Arts College as well as Newbiggin Golf Club.

Headteacher Richard Jones said he is ‘delighted’ that all of Alan’s hard work has been recognised, adding “if I were to describe Alan Nixon as a superman, I probably would not be doing him justice”.

He has been a governor at Collingwood, a community special school, for more than 15 years, serving as chairman from 2006 until 2012. A very talented craftsman, he has also built four offices, a medical room, fences, raised flower beds and an outside quiet area with seating.

Mr Jones added: “Alan is at the heart of the school; he visits the school at least twice a week and knows the staff and the students very well.

“We are extremely proud of Alan and feel privileged to have him as a governor and friend of the school. He is more than a superman, he has worked tirelessly as a volunteer for more than 15 years avoiding recognition for the work that he has done.

“I am delighted that his voluntary work at the school and his beloved golf club has finally been recognised.”

There were also MBEs for Lynemouth couple and foster carers Michael and Irene Cullen for their services to children.