A STALWART teacher and governor has been given one of the country’s highest civilian honours for her lifetime’s work in the classroom.
Avis Freeman, from Lowton, received the British Empire Medal (BEM) in a ceremony at Bolton town hall.
She was formerly deputy head teacher at Golborne High School, where she is still a governor, and also taught at Leigh Girls’ Grammar School and Westleigh High School.
She has also been involved in Soroptimist International, which sees businesswomen work together to transform girls’ lives across the world, for more than 30 years.
A keen environmentalist, Avis also sits on the Wigan Environment and Heritage Group and led the original Leigh in Bloom campaign.