A GP who helped hundreds of former Longbridge worker and their families following the demise of Rover said she was astounded to learn she is an MBE.
Margaret Keighley is to retire next March after 30 years with Cofton Medical Centre, in Longbridge, Birmingham, was "astounded" to learn of her honour.
The 60-year-old, who lives in Solihull, previously worked as a GP in Bournville between 1974 and 1976 before she accepted her current role.
Yesterday she paid tribute to the ex-Rover workers and their families, describing them as "an amazing community".
Dr Keighley said: "I was totally gobsmacked when I got the letter from Westminster, I didn't think it was real until papers began ringing me today.
"I'm not a political person, I don't sit on loads of committees, I just love my patients and my job. I've no idea who nominated me for those, but whoever it is I would like to say a big thank you.
"The people of Longbridge are an amazing community who have supported each other since Rover closed in April.
"I've worked at Cofton since 1976 so I've worked through all the unofficial strikes and seen all the ups and downs there and how those affected our patients.
"As well as dealing with stress-related illnesses in the workers I've also dealt with a lot of the wives' concerns too, as this had a knock-on effect throughout the whole community."
Dr Keighley added she hopes to have a "big family celebration" on New Year's Eve now that her honour has been confirmed.
She said: "To be honest I thought they'd made a mis-take until you called, and I'm absolutely astounded to be recognised in this way, but also very grateful.
"I suppose we'll open a couple of bottles of Champagne on Saturday night to make it official." ..SUPL: