A Felton woman, who was recognised in the New Year’s Honours List, has received her award at a special ceremony at Alnwick Castle.
Marion Clark was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to the community in Felton and Thirston.
The 75-year-old received the award in a ceremony hosted by the Duchess of Northumberland as Lord Lieutenant of the county.
Marion is involved with almost every aspect of community life, from the Women’s Institute to the parish council, and the village hall committee to the summer fair. She said that it all started when she founded Felton and Thirston WI in 1987.
Marion said: “I’m delighted to have been given this award in recognition of doing voluntary work in the community and would like to accept it on behalf of the many, many other volunteers from all the organisations in Felton and Thirston.
“So many people do so much, lots of it unseen.
“I personally have had a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction, and sometimes a bit of frustration, from being involved with the various organisations and hope I have contributed to making Felton and Thirston the great community we all enjoy.”