She’s a first lady!

PROUD WINNER: Marjorie Hirst with the engraved silver salver presented to her by the Townswomen's Guild. (d29061111)
PROUD WINNER: Marjorie Hirst with the engraved silver salver presented to her by the Townswomen's Guild. (d29061111)

A WOMAN who recently celebrated her 90th birthday has been given a national award.

Marjorie Hirst was named Townswoman of the Year for 2010/11 by the Townswomen’s Guild, an organisation founded in 1929 to educate women in good citizenship after they won the vote.

Mrs Hirst was presented with an engraved silver salver and crystal bowl at a national meeting by the organisation’s patron Princess Anne.

“I was totally surprised,” said Mrs Hirst, of Knowl Road.

“It was only when she said my name that it registered. I’m still not down to earth.”

In her 53 years with the Mirfield Evening Townswomen’s Guild, Mrs Hirst has played an active role in the organisation at local, county and national level.

She has served as chairwoman of the Mirfield branch and both chairwoman and secretary of the West Yorkshire Federation of Townswomen’s Guilds.

Branch chairwoman Dorothy Needler said everyone was delighted to see Mrs Hirst win the award.

“It’s a great honour for Marjorie to be chosen out of more than 2,000 people,” she said.

“She goes to all the national events, she’s a great member of Trinity Methodist Church and she’s done a lot for the community as well.”

Mrs Hirst, who is still branch secretary, said: “The thing that strikes me most about this is that our past members who are no longer with us would have been so proud.

“I’m proud for our guild that I’ve been awarded this.”