A WEE COUNTY woman who has been championing tenants' rights for years has officially received the British Empire Medal.

Tullibody's June Anderson, who chairs the Clackmannanshire Tenants and Residents Federation (CTRF), received the accolade at a ceremony at Arndean, near Dollar, at the weekend.

Clackmannanshire's Lord Lieutenant, Lt Col Johnny Stewart presented the medal, which was given in recognition of June's "services to tenants' rights and law and order" in Clacks, according to the official government citation.

The citation added that her "achievements have made a real difference to the quality of life of many in Tullibody and beyond."

The medal-giving ceremony, and a tea party, was attended by seven members of June's family, who was "deeply honoured" by the award.

Lord Lieutenant Johnny Stewart said: "It was a privilege for me to present June with her British Empire Medal for all she has done for the people of Tullibody and in the wider community.

"It is really good news for her, Tullibody and the entire Wee County.

"This is the second time I have presented a BEM this summer and I hope there will be many more in the months and years to come."

Mrs Anderson was originally awarded the medal in the Queen's New Years Honours list on December 28, 2019.

However, the Covid-19 pandemic put paid to plans for a ceremony for some time.

After a long wait, the ceremony was allowed to go ahead with Mrs Anderson's family in attendance to mark a special day on Saturday, September 4.

She is a strong advocate of tenants' rights and works closely with Clackmannanshire Council in ensuring that tenant's voices are heard during all decision-making processes, that they are supported in their housing needs, particularly at times of difficulty and financial hardship.

The Tullibody woman previously chaired the community council in her area and is also a founding member of Menstrie Mains Residents Association.

She has championed many community causes over the years, including care for the elderly and disabled, community resilience, homelessness, domestic abuse and more.

When the medal was originally announced, Mrs Anderson was humbled to receive messages of congratulations from the Wee County and beyond.

She said at the time: "I am truly grateful for people's kindness.

"It is so lovely to hear from the many organisations I am, and have been, a member of over the years.

"Tenants' and residents' rights are issues which have always been important to me; everyone at CTRF is an advocate for them and we take our roles very seriously.

"The group works tirelessly to make sure they have a strong voice representing their needs and issues.

"There is still much to be done and I look forward to continuing [our] efforts to raise the profile of our federation, locally and nationally."