A SALVATION Army officer has finally got her hands on the British Empire Medal she was awarded in the new year's honours list.

Barbara Sabin, 73, of Barrow Hill, Wentworth, was presented with the BEM last Saturday at the Salvation Army in Hoyland Common - in front of more than 200 people.

She was awarded the medal by the Vice Lord Lieutenant Dr Giles Bloomer for her work towards helping open the Hoyland Common Salvation Army hall in 2007. She also received a citation from the Queen.

Barbara said: "I've not come down to Earth yet - I'm full of gratitude. It was an absolutely lovely presentation and I'd just like to thank everyone who was there."

She is currently an officer for Rawmarsh and will retire next month, but worked for the Hoyland Common branch for 11 years from 1998 to 2009 after starting out as an officer in 1993.

She and her husband Peter, 77, visited Buckingham Palace in 2008 after the opening of the hall.