A school caretaker from Halifax has been rewarded for her long service and devotion with a British Empire Medal.
Barbara Brook, 55, who lives In Wheatley was given the medal for “services to education” as part of the Queens’s birthday honours celebrations.
Mrs Brook, who worked at Lowerhouse Junior and Infant School, Huddersfield, for 26 years before taking early retirement in February, said she was honoured by the award.
“To start off with I thought it was a joke. I turned white when I realised it wasn’t! I’m really honoured by it,” she said.
Mrs Brook went beyond the role of a caretaker during her time at the school. Not only did she learn sign language in her own time so she could communicate with deaf pupils, she set up and ran a breakfast club and went on school trips.
“When I applied for the job I did say that I wanted to be more than a caretaker and be part of the school and I have been for the 26 years,” she said. “I loved being part of the staff and mostly I loved being part of the children’s lives.”