A dedicated band of volunteers who help run one of the region’s leading visitor attractions have been presented with a royal honour.
The volunteers at the Duchess of Northumberland’s Alnwick Garden won the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for their role in providing a quality visitor experience.
They were officially presented with the award by the Duchess – in her role as Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland – at a special ceremony in the garden’s Pavilion Room.
They received a certificate signed by the Queen and an exclusive commemorative crystal.
There are more than 80 volunteers who help to make the Alnwick attraction what it is, with extra support from students at the town’s Duchess’s High School.
The group is one of 117 across the country who were given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year.
The honour was established by the Queen to mark her Golden Jubilee in 2002 and to recognise the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers.
It has an equivalent status for voluntary groups to the MBE for individual people.
An Alnwick Garden spokeswoman said: “Our volunteers are absolutely thrilled to receive their prestigious award.”