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Eileen receives MBE from Queen; Magistrate 'stunned' by honour at Palace.

Byline: Neil Atkinson Head of News neil.atkinson@examiner.co.uk

A HUDDERSFIELD woman who has spearheaded changes to the courts system has been honoured. Mrs Eileen Marchant received the MBE from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

And the honour, which she received in the Birthday Honours List, was also in recognition of her years of service to hockey at both local and national level.

Mrs Marchant was at the Palace with sons Robin and Adam, who had flown over from Australia with his seven-year-old daughter Matilda.

Mrs Marchant, 69, of Almondbury, led the amalgamation of the former Huddersfield and Dewsbury courts into the new Kirklees Magistrates Courts.

She herself has served on the bench since 1987.

She led the amalgamation of the two Benches, following closure of the Dewsbury and Hudders-field Magistrates' Courts, to form the new Bench of Kirklees.

A magistrate of proven ability was needed to take the new Bench forward and she was therefore asked to stand for election as chair of the new Kirklees Bench.

She implemented a new way of working by promoting team work and making herself available every day. She is very highly respected for the way she has sympathetically and carefully promoted the change to a more effective and efficient system.

Away from the courts, for over 30 years she has also been involved in physical education in Yorkshire, particularly hockey.

She set up the Dragons club in Huddersfield 20 years ago, was a selector and umpire for Yorkshire for over 10 years and is a policy adviser and board member of the Association for Physical Education.

She said: "We set up the hockey club for fun but it has proved very successful, running teams at many ages across the region.

"I was stunned when I heard the news about the honour. I have always thought others are far more deserving than I am".

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 14, 2014
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