George handed honour for his hockey service

A retired schoolteacher has received royal and national recognition for his services to men’s hockey over the past 50 years.

George Robson, 70, from Blyth, took up the sport when studying at Durham University, and has been honoured at the Blackpool Hockey festival.

At a celebratory luncheon he was presented with a letter sent on behalf of the Queen congratulating him on his remarkable record of loyalty and dedication to the festival, which he has served for more than 50 years.

George attended his first festival as a player with the Hild-Bede College in 1965, and on graduating from Durham he joined Morpeth Hockey Club where, apart from playing, he held the position of secretary for more than 25 years.

At the Blackpool Festival, on ending his playing days, he ultimately became an umpire, committee member and in 1991 the president – a position he has held ever since.

George said: “Blackpool is a great place, fresh air and sunshine and where people come together to play hockey and socialise and where friendships are made, rekindled and maintained. Without it there would be a hole in my year.

“It came as a great surprise and I was very touched.”