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Warriors chairman honoured by top accolade

Worcester Editorial 18th Oct, 2013 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

ONE OF the city’s most recognisable faces has spoken of his pride after receiving his CBE from the Princess Royal.

Cecil Duckworth, who was named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List earlier this year, collected his award at Windsor Castle last week.

The executive chairman of Worcester Warriors has not only helped steer the rugby club to the Aviva Premiership, but he has also built up the successful Worcester Heat Systems business, which was bought by Bosch in 1992.

However, the CBE was in recognition of his services to charity and to the community in the county having founded the Duckworth Worcestershire Trust in 1998 and been one of the original benefactors of the city’s Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Mr Duckworth, who received an OBE in 2004 and was made Freeman of the City of Worcester in 2008, said he was delighted to collect the award from Princess Anne.

“It was wonderful to receive my CBE from the Princess Royal at Windsor Castle, where only a few presentations are made,” he said.

“I was absolutely delighted when the Princess Royal immediately recognised me and commented that the honour was well-deserved.

“She is very involved in rugby and Wooden Spoon and visited Sixways in November 2009 so it was fantastic to see her once again.

“The CBE came totally out of the blue but I am obviously delighted to be awarded this rare honour.”

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