A Midlands woman who has commentated on Sumo wrestling in Japan for 25 years has been recognised for her service.
85-year-old Doreen Simmons, who is originally from Alfreton Road in Nottingham and now lives in the heart of sumo land, Ryogoku, has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun.
The medal was established in 1875 – and is one of the highest orders awarded by the Japanese Government.
Doreen Simmons first travelled to the Japan more than 40 years ago, when she started working for the Foreign Press Centre.
Her career as a commentator came after watching sumo wrestling and taking an instant liking to it:
Doreen says she was first hired as a commentator because she was one of a handful of people who spoke English and also had specialist knowledge of the sport.
She is now an English-language commentator for NHK - one of the most popular channels on mainstream Japanese television.
After being awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Doreen said: