A FORMER Leek resident is to be awarded with an OBE.
Christine Goldstraw, who was born and bred in the town, is set to travel down to the country's capital to accept the Queen's 2014 New Year's Honours list award.
Christine is to be awarded an Order of the British Empire for her services to probation and criminal justice.
Since retiring a decade ago from her main career in management roles in the NHS, including at the former North Staffs Royal Infirmary and Cheddleton's St Edward's Hospital, Christine has been a magistrate in Nottingham where she now lives with her husband Roger.
She has been chairman of Nottingham's Probation Trust and has also sat on the board of directors of the National Probation Association. Last year she was appointed as an independent member on the new Police and Crime Panel for Nottingham.
Christine, whose maiden name is Sherratt, left Leek in 1984. Prior to this she had attended St Mary's catholic School, and St Edward's Secondary School, both in Leek. She continued her education by completing a diploma in health services at North Staffs Polytechnic, followed by a masters degree in business administration and health at Nottingham University.
She said: "I am looking forward to meeting a member of the royal family.
"There is going to be a bit of cost cutting now so that I can save up for a posh frock, and I will be practising my curtseying."