Honours pride for Tingley’s Brenda

Brenda Swithenbank has been given a British Empire Medal in New Years Honours List for services to the local community. (d620a501)
Brenda Swithenbank has been given a British Empire Medal in New Years Honours List for services to the local community. (d620a501)
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An active Tingley volunteer has spoken of her joy after she was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year Honours List.

Brenda Swithenbank, 78, was honoured in the Queen’s annual list for her services to the local community.

Brenda, who has 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren has worked with the Girl Guides for 40 years and is also the leader of the Leeds South West Trefoil Guild group.

She said: “It’s nice to be recognised and it feels good to be appreciated for the work that I do. It’s lovely to be busy - I’ve absolutely no time to get bored.”

Brenda, who also serves as a steward at Tingley Methodist Church, was first made aware of the honour when she was contacted in November by Buckingham Palace, but kept the news secret until the list was released.

She said: “I’m quite good at keeping secrets. At first they tell you that you’ve been recommended for it and ask if you’d like to receive it, but there’s no confirmation until the New Year so I had to keep it quiet.”