An Awsworth councillor dedicated her British Empire Medal to local residents after receiving the honour this week.
Lydia Ball, 70, was named in the New Year’s honours list and was given the BEM for services to the community in Broxtowe and notably for her long standing service to the people of Awsworth.
She said: “It was a really wonderful afternoon and I felt very proud to have been given the award and humble to have been recognised.
“It really belongs to the people of Awsworth for putting up with me for so long.”
A former Mayor of Broxtowe, Cllr Ball was joined by her family at County Hall when she presented with her medal by the Lord lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir John Peace.
Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry said: “Over the years Lydia has, quite rightly, always put the interests of the people she represents before any party political loyalty and Lydia has campaigned for many improvements in Awsworth.
“Life has not always been kind to Lydia, in a short period of time she lost her husband and then one of her sons – but Lydia continued to serve as a Councillor and always with a smile.
“She’s an inspiration to many of us. I felt honoured to support her nomination.”