Margaret Walker: Pride of Britain

Margaret Walker with Strictly Come Dancing stars

We are delighted to announce that Margaret Walker, founder of the Makaton Language Programme, has won the Pride of Britain, Special Recognition Award for her dedication to and creation of Makaton.

The ceremony was held on Monday 28th October 2019.


Zanna Finnerty, Director of the Makaton Language Programme and Senior Makaton Tutor, attended the ceremony. She said:

"It was a wonderful night celebrating people of all ages, who go above and beyond to enrich other people’s lives. Watching Margaret receive her award was one of my proudest moments. I was in a room with hundreds of celebrities but the fact I was there with Margaret was already my dream come true.

Sue Sjuve, Zanna Finnerty, Terri Demir, Evren Demir, Margaret Walker, Ian Walker

"As a surprise to Margaret I stood on the stage and taught the audience to sign a message of thanks. It was terrifying but an absolute honour to play a part in the tribute to the amazing Margaret Walker and have the opportunity to share the occasion with her.

Margaret with Strictly Come Dancing stars Oti, Shirley and Craig"Much to my excitement the stars of BBC Strictly Come Dancing awarded Margaret with her trophy”

Please join us in sending our warmest congratulations to Margaret and to all of the other well-deserved winners.

See also: A brief history of MakatonMargaret explains how Makaton was first developed