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Super Guide Margaret to get a medal at grand age of 99

Honoured: Margaret Rigby to receive the BEM

Honoured: Margaret Rigby to receive the BEM

A 99-year-old champion of the Girl Guide movement has been summoned to the castle to receive the British Empire Medal.

Margaret Rigby, from Devonshire Road, Chorley, is one of five people from Lancashire who will be chief guests at an investiture at Lancaster Castle later this month.

The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth KCVO, will present the medals on behalf of the Queen.

Lord Shutttleworth said: “This is the fourth BEM investiture conducted on Her Majesty’s behalf in the historic setting of Lancaster Castle since the BEM’s reintroduction.

“The common thread for each one is the outstanding commitment and service to others of the recipients.”

Margaret first joined the Girl Guides when she was 13 and has given 86 years service to the movement.

“A lot has changed over the years,” she said. “The things we used to do then probably seem old-fashioned now, including the uniform. However the Girl Guiding movement is still very worthwhile.”

Other recipients at the investiture, on April 25, will be charity fundraiser William Honeywell of West Bradford, Clitheroe, school volunteer Kathryn Lockley, from Ormskirk, community volunteer Laurence Loft, from Blackburn, and Mrs Lesley Waite from Morecambe, who is a deputy faculty manager at Lancaster University and a RNLI fundraiser.

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