A TEACHER and sports coach who has devoted most of his life to helping young people will be honoured by the Queen.
Grandfather-of-two Tony Eustace, 67, is to travel to Buckingham Palace to receive his MBE.
Mr Eustace, who worked in schools in Liverpool and Cheshire until moving to his Shaw Lane home in Hinchliffe Mill in 2002, found out about the award last month.
“I was overwhelmed and completely shocked,’’ said Mr Eustace. “I knew nothing about it.”
He taught drama, games and English in tough secondary schools in Toxteth and Speke in Liverpool.
He devoted much of his spare time to extra-curricular sports and drama coaching.
The award of the MBE is for services to education and young people.
He said: “I’ve spent a lot of time with children from disadvantaged areas. The nice thing was that the nomination was made by pupils, parents and teachers who said I had touched their lives.
“You go to work to do your job and you don’t expect to be honoured like this.”
Mr Eustace is now head coach of the youth section at Holmfirth Cricket Club and spends time coaching in schools in the Holme Valley.
He added: “I still get a tremendous amount of enjoyment out of working with children.
“They are much maligned, but I feel kids haven’t changed in the last 50 years.
“There is a minority who do silly and immature things, but it is up to adults to set an example.”