THE former chairman of governors at Norton College has been honoured for his long service to the school.

John Hudson recently stepped down after 25 years as a governor, which included 15 years as chairman. In recognition of his long service, the college has now renamed the school hall, Hudson Hall.

Headteacher Phil Loftus said: “As many people know, the role of governor is a voluntary and often unseen role.

“John has given his time generously and the college owes him a debt of gratitude.”

The inscription in Hudson Hall reads: “In grateful recognition of his long service to Norton College, this hall has been renamed to honour an outstanding former chair of governors and a great friend of the school.”

Mr Hudson, who lives in Norton, said he was first asked to become a governor at the then Norton Secondary School by a friend, who was retiring as a governor.

“My two eldest daughters had completed their education at Norton and gone on to further education, my youngest daughter was in her final year and my son was just starting in Year 7,” he said.

“I felt it was appropriate to try to ‘put something back’ so I agreed to become involved.”

Mr Hudson said he had thoroughly enjoyed his time as a governor.

“It was always interesting, varied, challenging on occasion, but always very satisfying and never boring,” he said.

“It has also been brilliant to see and hear how well the former students, headteachers and staff have progressed after leaving Norton.

“I must say that the renaming of the college hall was a lovely surprise, an honour and a super gesture from the governors and staff at Norton College.

“It was totally unexpected, but very much appreciated.”