I received a telephone call today with some very exciting news. Charlotte Webb, Bletchley Park veteran, tireless speaker and advocate for all things Bletchley Park, has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Charlotte (known as Betty) has received this honour for ‘voluntary services for remembering and promoting the work of Bletchley Park’.
The letter from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirming the MBE arrived about 7 weeks ago, but Betty was sworn to secrecy until the list became public. No risk of the news leaking there then – we already know she’s good at keeping secrets.
Betty, now in her 90s has delivered in excess of 100 talks about her time at Bletchley Park and its growth into a World Class Heritage attraction. She regularly appears on the television, radio and newspapers to help spread the Bletchley Park story worldwide.
Betty is absolutely delighted with the news. She said, “I am very surprised and greatly honoured.”
This is a much-deserved honour and I am sure you will join me in congratulating Betty. When I visit her next week I will take her a bouquet of flowers from all the Bletchley Park Research readers.
You can also listen to Betty talking about her war years on the Bletchley Park Podcast:
Betty has written a fascinating book about her time at Bletchley Park, the Pentagon and beyond. It includes a chapter about some of the events she has been involved with to promote Bletchley Park.
Betty will be at the Annual Veteran’s Reunion celebration at Bletchley Park on 6th September 2015. You never know, you might just get the chance to have your book signed.