Mrs Fowler, who is one of 292 people who have received the BEM, has been involved in the continuous efforts to keep services in the town. Upon hearing the news, she said:
“It’s lovely because it’s a recognition of our work. We have had a long battle and we still do. I have been doing it for 40 years. We need to get what we can but the people have been fantastic.”
Mrs Fowler has had to keep the news a secret but revealed she’s told her son already. She said:
“My son was terribly proud.”
A total of 1,164 people have received an award and are mentioned in The New Year Honours list 2015, which will be released tomorrow (Wednesday 31 December). The list is published in recognition of the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people from across the UK.
Among the famous names on the list are actress Kristin Scott Thomas is to be made a Dame of the British Empire and John Hurt will be knighted.