A historian from Bedfordshire was among those honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.
The founder of Dunstable History and Heritage Studies, Vivienne Evans, has been recognised for her services to the community.
Ms Evans has been a Dunstable local since 1960 and although it came as a “a great shock” she says that she is very grateful.
“I fell in love with Dunstable on arrival and am so glad to have had the opportunity to carry out my special work about its history.”
Ms Evans has worked as a lecturer for the Workers’ Educational Association for over 35 years but has also spent her spare time researching and writing about the history of Dunstable.
She has written several books about the Dunstable including Proud Heritage: A Brief History of Dunstable, 1000-2000 AD and Dunstable with the Priory, 1100-1550.
Through her research she has unearthed new information including the fact that the town had been founded a decade earlier than originally thought.
“Until I found that Henry I visited Dunstable in 1109, the Victorians had written that the town had been founded in the 1120s. I’ve enjoyed every minute working for and with Dunstable.”