Birthday Honours: Medal for Market Drayton dance teacher

Zoe Poole Image copyright Zoe Poole
Image caption Zoe Poole has been teaching dance for 35 years

A dance teacher has been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for her work with special needs children.

Zoe Poole received the British Empire Medal for services to dance in recognition of her 35-year career.

Mrs Poole, who set up her own school in Market Drayton in 1979, said she was "gobsmacked" to receive the accolade.

Campaigner Harriet Devlin, from Shrewsbury, was made an MBE for services to heritage and the environment.

'Dance therapy'

Mrs Poole was recognised for running integrated classes for students with physical and learning disabilities alongside able-bodied students.

She said she viewed her work as "dance therapy".

"It's not about training a successful dancer," she said.

"All I want for them is to see them all being able to go on confidently into the career path they choose and know that I've helped them a little bit."

Mrs Devlin has worked to preserve a number of historic buildings, including Hermon Chapel in Oswestry, raising £250,000 to fund its restoration.

Head teacher of the Priory School, Shrewsbury, Linda Garbett was made a CBE for services to education.

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