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TV writer Kay Mellor collects 'amazing' OBE

Kay Mellor
Mellor was joined at the Palace by her husband and daughters

Scriptwriter Kay Mellor has collected her OBE from Buckingham Palace, describing the honour as "amazing" and "gorgeous".

Mellor, who penned television hits such as Band of Gold, Fat Friends and Playing the Field, has been appointed OBE for services to drama.

The Leeds-born writer received her award from the Prince of Wales.

Prince Charles told Mellor he would try to watch her latest work, A Passionate Woman, which will be aired at Easter.

Mellor, who was educated at Bretton College and Leeds University, said afterwards: "He said how lovely it was that I was getting an OBE.

"I told him I've got A Passionate Woman coming out at Easter and he said 'I'll watch out for that'...

"He said 'Keep up the writing'. I knew he'd watched stuff before. I think he watched Fat Friends."

Mellor added: "It's amazing that people have nominated me. It's wonderful to see my work on the screen but now I have had recognition from those people out there and royalty. It's gorgeous."

She was joined at the Palace by her husband Anthony and two daughters, the actress Gaynor Faye and television producer Yvonne Francas.

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