HILDA Gibson is another Huddersfield area woman honoured for her work during the Second World War.
She was a Women’s Land Army girl, helping to feed the nation battling to beat the Nazi threat.
And the 83-year-old was invited with 49 other former Land Army girls to No 10 to receive special badges.
They were presented with their badges by Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The 50 special guests were taken to Mr Benn’s department and listened to speech by him and a poem written about the day by Hilda was handed out on leaflets and displayed on posters.
They were then taken by coach to No 10, where they enjoyed cucumber and salmon sandwiches before Mr Benn went round the table, presenting each medal individually.
Then Prime Minister Gordon Brown gave a speech, which Hilda described as ‘brilliant’.
She added: “It was a lovely speech. He looks so stiff and serious on TV, but he was very charming and he sounded so sincere. He came round and spoke to every one of us.
“I can’t say I am usually a lover of Gordon Brown, but he is Prime Minister and the position demands respect.
“I said he must have been very busy over the past few days and I was amazed he found time to see us. He said it was a privilege to meet all us ladies and I believe he meant it. It was a really nice day and everyone had a wonderful time.”
Hilda also said: “The experience was very humbling in a way. What struck me at Downing Street was that you are walking in the footsteps of heroes. I thought about all the people who had been in that place and what they had done.
“Then we were there. We did our bit I suppose, like everybody else.”
Hilda served with the Land Army from 1944 to 1946, first in pest control, then working on farms in Lincolnshire and East Anglia.
She is registered blind so was accompanied by her daughter, Stella.
Hilda said she was pleased the contribution of Land Girls has been recognised, but feels the efforts of ordinary citizens should be commended, too, at the next Remembrance Day.
“I think there ought to be a contingent of people representing all the non-uniformed people who went through the war,’’ she said. “People were working in difficult circumstances to keep the country going, from firemen to housewives trying to feed their families on rationed goods. They all made sacrifices.
“If it wasn’t for people keeping Britain going the armed forces might as well have come home because the country would have been ruined.
“You can’t give everyone a badge, but I still think there are people who did a lot for the country who could be recognised.
“Everybody who went through that war is a veteran.”