North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn has been visiting royalty to collect her CBE.
Mrs Redfearn was presented with her honour by The Queen at Buckingham Palace last month for her public and community work.
Mrs Redfearn said: “I am extremely honoured to have received a CBE for public and community work. I’ve spent all my working life in this field and it’s wonderful to be recognised and rewarded for something that I have found so fulfilling.
“I was delighted to accept this award, not only for myself, but also on behalf of the brilliant people who have supported me in my different roles over the years.
“It is, and will continue to be, a great honour to serve the residents of North Tyneside.”