Locals are given top gongs by the Queen

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THE QUEEN has honoured two of Ilkeston’s finest in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List.

The yearly roll call of awards announced on New Year’s Eve saw Dr Deirdre Hughes of Smalley and principal of Ilkeston-based Derby College, David Croll, shortlisted for gongs.

And speaking this week the pair revealed they were delighted to join the volunteers, health professionals and high-profile names such as actress Helena Bonham-Carter and comedian Ronnie Corbett on the Honours list.

Dr Hughes was awarded the OBE for her services to career guidance.

The academic, of Heanor Road in the village, was given the prize for 23 years of work improving the way careers information is given to young people and adults. She has advised several governments at home and abroad on ways to improve career guidance policies.

Dr Hughes said: “I had no idea – it was a real surprise to me – I have done a lot of work in Europe and far afield and I was just absolutely delighted that this award was given to me.

“I have an 86-year-old mother-in-law that thought she would never get to the palace but now I’m going to take her with my husband and two children.”

Also on the Honour’s List is principal of Derby College David Croll who has been awarded an OBE for services to further education.

He has been at the helm of the college since 1995 when it was known as Wilmorton College. It later merged with Mackworth and Broomfield Hall colleges in 2002 to form Derby College, before joining with the Ilkeston and Heanor campuses of South East Derbyshire College in 2010.

David, 59, said: “I am obviously delighted to accept the OBE on behalf of everyone at Derby College who has worked so hard over the years and continues to do so to make this an astounding centre of excellence for further education.”