IT WAS a day she will never forget.
Grandmother Ann Brown, 70, of Oxenwood Green, Warren Park, was one of 172 people awarded Maundy money by the Queen at York Minster Cathedral.
She was chosen for the honour by the Bishop of Portsmouth Christopher Foster.
The centuries-old tradition of Maundy money rewards those who have made an outstanding contribution to their community.
Mrs Brown has worked as secretary to the Good Neighbours group, and is a member of the committee of Leigh Park Community Centre and the Diocesan Synod. She said: ‘It was absolutely amazing, something that I’ll never ever forget. I was blown away with it all.
‘The Queen brought her choir from Windsor and with the York Minster choir you can imagine how wonderful that was.
‘The whole ceremony took about an hour and she did it with dignity and a smile all the time. The smile never left her face.
‘I bowed and said, “Thank you, Your Majesty” and she said, “that’s alright”. We’re still coming down to earth!’