A ROSSENDALE man is being honoured by the Queen for his work in the community.

Graham Wright, 70, was given a British Empire Medal for services to athletics and to the community in Rossendale.

As one of the founders of Rossendale Harriers, which was formed in 1967 when he was 17, Graham said the club has been a major part of his life for the past 53 years.

He said: "It's been a lifetime of service to the club and its members - the club is an important part of the community in Rossendale.

"I couldn't have done it without my wife Valerie who has been fantastic in supporting me throughout the years."

Born in Waterfoot, the athlete has also completed various charity fundraisers including bringing defibrillators across Rossendale, with one placed at the Rossendale Harriers club as well as fundraising for Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team.

Graham is now Chairman of Rossendale Harriers and has said the club has been a huge part of his adult life.

Graham added: "The 50 odd years that I have been with the club, thousands of local people have been members as juniors and then have gone on to be senior athletes.

"We provide a good service to the Rossendale people, promoting a healthy and active lifestyle."

Graham is a member Lancashire Athletic Association for fell running, helping to organise events and is also a mountain running coach.