Marjory’s ‘thrill’ at Queen’s honour

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School governor Marjory Young has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Mrs Young, 43, has been a governor at Kirk Smeaton Primary School for ten years.

She will receive the award, in recognition of her contribution to education, at a ceremony at Bramham Hall, near Wetherby, later this year.

Mrs Young said: “I am absolutely thrilled to get the award.

“I was really touched that I’d been nominated because I didn’t have a clue that anybody had done it.

“I never expected it at all - I’m in shock.”

Mrs Young, who has been the chairwoman of governors at the school for eight years, first got involved with the school when her children started there.

She added: “I was interested in finding out more about the school and I thought becoming a governor would be a good way to help.

“I really enjoy working with the headteacher and finding ways to support children’s learning.”

As part of the award the mum-of-three has also been invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate her achievement with people from across the country who have also been recognised in the Queen’s honours.

Mrs Young added: “I’ve had a letter which says I’ll be presented with my medal at an event in the autumn and have also been invited to Buckingham Palace which is really exciting.”

Mrs Young will retire from her position as a governor next month.

Normanton town councillor Carol Ann Moran also received a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s birthday honours for her services to the community.