TRIBUTES have been paid to a tireless environmental campaigner following her death aged 93.

Jean Tennant was even made an MBE for her devotion to her local community and green affairs.

She was a stalwart member of several organisations, including the Sports Council, swimming clubs and West Pennine Bridleways Association.

And perhaps her proudest achievement was being honoured by The Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2006.

Her daughter Liane Robinson said: "She would often be seen supporting her family at events the length and breadth of the country, where she was known affectionately by many other people.

"During her 93 years Jean touched the lives of so many people and will be missed by each and every one of them."

The funeral took place at St Bees Priory, her West Cumbrian home village, with the cortege being pulled by two Gerlander carriage horses.

Born in September 1926, the family later moved from the coast to Mossley.

Her earliest memories, with sister Joyce, were playing out in the fields opposite their house and attending the local church.

Later the family relocated to Greenacres, according to Liane, were she attended Clarksfield School.

From there she worked as a typist-clerk at the Dowry Spinning Company and carried on her studies at the Oldham School of Commerce.

Her skills were sought out by Hurst Mills in Glossop, where her wages were the princely sum of £6 per week.

Keen supporters of the students union, she also enjoyed hiking across Saddleworth Moors with her sister.

She met future husband Philip Tennant, an apprentice sheet metal worker, through this pastime and they married in 1952, starting their life together in Haven Lane, Moorside.

Her lifelong passion for horses developed, acquiring her first gelding, Billy, for £36.

Jean taught in the commerce department at Oldham Technical College, before moving to Rochdale in a similar role. She retired in 1989.