A FORMER teacher has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.
Coral Gould taught music and singing at institutions including Abbots Bromley School for Girls and Denstone College’s preparatory school.
She also worked at Smallwood Manor Preparatory School in Marchington.
Mrs Gould will collect her gong, granted for services to music and the arts, later this year during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
The 75-year-old said: “I cried when I opened the letter telling me I was going to get an MBE. I just feel I have done my job to the best of my ability.
“But I am delighted to have been nominated. I have lived all my lift in Staffordshire but over the past few years I have done a great deal more work nationally. It is a wonderful feeling to know that I have been recognised.”
Mrs Gould was nominated for the MBE by the Association of Teachers of Singing, of which she used to be general secretary and chairman.
She now offers private singing lessons from her home in Newton Road, Winshill, Burton.
“I am still in demand and I now adjudicate and examine people’s abilities countrywide,” Mrs Gould said.
“But I just do my job as best I can.”
Mrs Gould also served at the former former Hillside School and Ada Chadwick schools in Burton, before moving to a school in Walsall.
She also taught at Repton School in South Derbyshire during her 22-year teaching career.
She said: “Music and singing have always been passions of mine. My inspirations aren’t very well known people, they mainly come from the classical world.
“My pupils nowadays mainly visit on an appointment basis and I have taught a few people who have become big names in classical music.”
Mrs Gould, now of Newton Road, Burton, counts soprano Lucy Crowe, from Marchington, among her former students.
She said: “I have been very lucky during my life and there are lots of people I have to thank.”
It was also revealed that Mike Cunningham, chief constable of Staffordshire Police, would receive the Queen’s Police Medal.
He said: “I feel really honoured to be given this award but it’s also a tribute to the many colleagues I’ve worked with over my service.
“Policing is all about teamwork. It’s a calling, a vocation and I’ve always been passionate about the job because I firmly believe that we can make a real and positive difference to people’s lives every day.
“Delivering for victims, especially those that have suffered tragedy or hardship – or are vulnerable – is for me about as professionally rewarding as public service can get.”
Mr Cunningham’s police career began when he joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1987. Originally from Liverpool, Mr Cunningham is married and has two sons.
He graduated from the University of Durham in 1985.