AN Oakworth woman has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.

Janet Armstrong, who has led Brownie, Rainbow and Girl Guide groups for more than 53 years, has been awarded an MBE for her services to the community.

The 74-year-old is also involved in organising Oakworth Gala as well as an annual memorial service for six Canadian airmen who died near the village and a number of other events for residents.

The mum-of-three said: “I was taken aback. I never expect awards for what I do, I do it because I love it. Being able to give girls a place where they can fulfil their own potential is why I do this, it’s for them.”

Janet joined the Brownies when she was seven and said she has seen generations of girls pass through the groups, including her own three daughters.

Janet, who still works two mornings a week in Oakworth Post Office, added: “The girls I deal with are just amazing. I’m very proud. The award means a great deal to me and my family.”