Lorna Creswell receives her BEM from Major General Seymour Monro at the Tolbooth in Forre

A Forres councillor has received a British Empire Medal after years of campaigning against child poverty and deprivation.

Lorna Creswell, who is also chairwoman of the Moray Firth Credit Union and a volunteer board member of the Forres Area Community Trust, was awarded the BEM as part of the Queen’s birthday honours list of October 2020.

However, due to coronavirus restrictions, she had to wait until today to receive her medal from Moray’s Lord-Lieutenant Major General Seymour Monro at the Tolbooth in Forres.

After receiving her medal, she said: “I’m sure, like me, other recipients of this award are thinking ‘this is not an award for me, it’s an award for the team’.

“There is no I in Team and without others there would be no Credit Union and members support.

“We couldn’t celebrate last year so it’s nice to have my family – and my Credit Union family – together in the Tolbooth to share this event.”

Lorna Creswell was joined by members of her family, including her grandson, sister and two daughters, as she received her BEM.

Ms Creswell was joined by her daughters Sonja and Ashleigh, her sister Moira and her grandson Callum at the investiture – as well as more extended family, friends and colleagues.

Lord-Lieutenant Seymour Monro said: “This is a very special moment, as very few people, only about four or five a year in Moray, receive these awards.

“As a remarkably selfless and compassionate community campaigner, Lorna very much deserves the recognition the BEM gives her.”