Fundraising keep fit instructor Hilda Green was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for services to her community.
The 77-year-old grandmother-of-six, of Fernhurst Road, Wheatley Hills, has been keeping residents on their toes at the weekly St Aidan’s Keep Fit Group in Ennerdale Communal Hall ever since she launched it in 1971.
The group has also raised thousands of pounds for charity and the former teacher arranges regular trips to the theatre for residents.
She declined to be pictured but said: “I am so surprised, it’s unbelievable.”
Former civic mayor Eva Hughes added: “She is an inspiration.”