Belize government Meritorious Service Award goes to…

A more recent link with Belize is actress and singer-songwriter, Nadia Cattouse. Born in Belize, then British Honduras, Cattouse attended the University of Glasgow in 1946 as part of her teacher training course.

Cattouse had come to the UK in 1943 as a volunteer during the Second World War, where she was trained as a signals operator in Edinburgh. She was also a part-time physical training instructor with the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS). A family photo of Cattouse at Achnasheen, Ross-shire in the Highlands of Scotland was published on the blog site Caribbean aircrew in the RAF during WW2:

“Leopold (“Poli”) Balderamos, on leave, visiting his cousin, the actress, singer and songwriter Nadia Cattouse, also from Belize, (who had joined the ATS) at Achnasheen, in Scotland. Courtesy of Nadia Cattouse” at

It was after the War that Cattouse undertook a teacher training course at Jordanhill Training College in Glasgow, for which she attended classes in English, Spanish and Geography at the University of Glasgow. On qualifying Cattouse returned to British Honduras, where she was headmistress of a Mission school and lectured on infant education at a Teachers’ Training College.
In 1951, Cattouse returned to the UK where she studied Social Sciences at the London School of Economics, and it was then that she embarked on an acting and singing career. Appearing on stage and television, Cattouse was also a noted folksinger and songwriter.
In 2009 Cattouse was awarded a Meritorious Service Award from the government of Belize “in recognition of her advancement of social, cultural, and political awareness among Belizeans and other Caribbean people in the UK”.

She is also the mother of Mike Lindup, keyboard player of band Level 42!


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