A HARD-working St Asaph volunteer has been awarded a New Year’s honour for her service to the community.
Denise Hodgkinson, a city councillor and editor of the City Times, will be presented with a British Empire Medal to recoginise her work in St Asaph.
Denise, 74, said: “It came as a shock, I got a letter from the cabinet office saying my name was made aware to the Queen.
“We’ve been invited to the Royal Garden Party and there will be a ceremony held locally where the medal will be presented.
“Deputy Lord Lieutenant Austin Savage from St Asaph nominated Denise for the New Year’s Honours award for the effort she puts into the City Times, a free community newspaper, and the amount of service she gives the city.
Denise and the City Times team are starting their 20th year on the newspaper.
After the floods devastated St Asaph last year the newspaper published an extra addition to keep residents informed.
Denise said: “This award is for the team of City Times, all the people involved and who deliver it for us, some people have been doing it for 20 years.
“People know I write it but they do not see what happens beneath that.”
The City Times is published every three months with 2,500 printed for St Asaph, Rhuallt, Tremeirchion, Waen and Cefn.
Denise said: “Some people post the City Times out to family and friends.
“And we put it on the internet now as well."
In addition to the City Times, Denise helps welcome visitors to the St Asaph Cathedral during the summer.
She has been attending St Asaph’s council meetings since 1955 when she first started working as a reporter on The Journal in Rhyl, becoming city councillor in 1994 and serving as mayor in 1999 and 2002.
Denise was the author of the bid which won St Asaph its city status and is also a flood warden while her husband Ken is the chairman of the residents flood warden group.