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Seamstress, author, teacher, councillor and charity worker gets MBE

Alison Smith MBE recognised for services to sewing. Credit: ITV News Central

For nearly 40 years, Alison Smith from Ashby has made sewing her life and now she's been made an MBE.

Alison was nominated for the award from the Queen by her friends and students for her success and her determination to get more people to learn how to sew along with a few other interests that she manages to squeeze in around running her own sewing school.

Alison's book The Sewing Book sold over 173,000 copies worldwide but not only is she a seamstress, teacher and author; she also finds time to be a local councillor on North West Leicestershire District Council and Ashby Town Council.

Alison will collect her MBE from Buckingham Palace later this year.

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