Two people who have displayed life-long dedication in their respective fields have been honoured by the Queen.
The monarch’s birthday honours, announced last week, include MBEs for Anne Baxter and Jim Summers of Falkirk.
Anne (54), who was “shocked” to be made an MBE, is the county president for Girlguiding Forth Valley and has been involved in the Girl Guide movement for almost half a century – ever since she joined the 8th Falkirk Brownie pack based at Grahamston Church at the age of seven.
She said: “I’ve never really been out of the Guides. I moved from the Brownies into the 10th Falkirk Guides then went back to help out with the Brownies and I never left. I just loved it.”
Civil servant Anne, of McKell Court, has held the post of division commissioner for Falkirk and country secretary in her career with the Guides and admitted she has had a lot of help over the years.
“I couldn’t have done this without my husband and my family,'' she added. ''If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have been able to do this kind of voluntary role.
''I also just wish that all the Guide leaders could have the opportunity to became an MBE too – they all deserve it for what they do.”
Grangemouth-born Jim (69), of Westerglen Road, has spent the last 50 years deeply involved in a love affair ... with the railway.
He said: “I got a degree in modern languages from Edinburgh University, but the railway was always my first love.
''It had a very well established training scheme and I started as a traffic apprentice in 1963.
“You move around a lot with the railway, getting experience in different jobs around the country.
''At that time, British Railways was also involved in shipping and hotels.”
Jim has had many railway roles over his long career, shift manager in a marshalling yard, foreman in a container terminal and eventually rising to operations manager for Scotland.
He has travelled the world in these roles, with stops in Germany, Australia and Hong Kong along the way.
Now retired, JIm has moved full circle from his days as a traffic apprentice and now works part-time as a tutor with the Institution of Railways, guiding students to a BSC in Railway Operations.
He said: “I didn’t think about anything like an MBE when I started out. I just loved my work, it was full of variety and I enjoyed every minute of it.”