12th June 1965
Dame Sibyl became a dame again
Sibyl Hathaway was added to the long list of islanders who were recognised for their contribution to life in the Channel Islands, on 12 June 1965.
Reporting the honour, the Daily Mirror called her “one of the most picturesque figures on today’s Birthday Honours… 81 year old Mrs Sibyl Hathaway, Dame of Sark, the ‘little Channel Island’.”
Hathaway was created Dame of the Order of the British Empire, alongside sculptor Barbara Hepworth, despite the fact that she was already a “Dame” in her own right. As the then-feudal ruler of Sark, “Dame” was her official title.
Dame Sibyl Hathaway
Dame Hathaway was recognised not only for her long service to the island, but her skillful management and liaison during the second world war when it was occupied by German troops. A less determined figure might have acquiesced to their every demand. However, she ensured that protocol was followed and that they respected her position.
On the same day that Dame Sibyl was awarded, Dr Beeching, former chair of the British Railways Board, was created a life baron. He is latterly remembered for cutting many rail services and closing several lines and stations. Actress Violet Carson, who played Ena Sharples in the soap opera Coronation Street was made an OBE, and each of the four members of the Beatles became an MBE.