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'This is you life' retirement celebration' IT WAS balloons and party poppers in Paddock, as nearly four decades of youth work was remembered at a retirement party.

Chris Dickinson, 65, from Honley, was celebrating 38 years of dedicated work for Kirklees Council, at Paddock Youth Centre, along with colleagues and past youth club members.

There was a surprise for Chris, in the form of a 'This is your Life' slide show, looking back at the many activities she had organised.

Newly-retired Chris took part in many of the adventurous activities, residential and youth exchanges. Apart from organising such events, Chris was involved in education projects such as healthy eating, sexual health, drugs and alcohol. And she has also worked with children with disabilities.

Andy Lloyd, operations manager said: "Chris has been an inspiration to both young people and staff with whom she has worked.

"Her enthusiasm, dedication and sense of humour have proved successful in all the work Chris has carried out. She will be missed by all."

The ex-youth worker has also worked with the Police, Health Authority and Huddersfield Giants, in support of young people.

Chris is now planning to spend more time with her family and two granddaughters.

Torchbearer Pat helps mark bank's new era OLYMPIC torchbearer Pat Ainsworth cut the ribbon to relaunch a Huddersfield town centre bank.

Lloyds Bank at Westgate staged an official opening ceremony recently to mark the return of the Lloyds Bank brand following its break from the TSB - which has been launched as a separate bank.

Lloyds Bank now has a network of 1,300 branches across England and Wales, including the Westgate branch.

Pat, who lives at Emley, has raised more than PS120,000 for charity by taking part in marathons and was chosen to carry the Olympic torch through part of Huddersfield in the run-up to last year's London Games.

Staff at the Westgate branch, led by manager Vicky Murphy, also welcomed Karen Selley, of The Welcome Centre, based at the Methodist Mission in Lord Street, to the re-opening.

The branch has made a collection point available to the charity, which helps people in crisis with donations of food, clothes and household items.

Lloyds Banking Group announced the creation of two strong banks, Lloyds Bank and TSB, last month.

Alan bans birthday presents to boost charity PAINTER and decorator Alan Mellor raised more than PS300 for charity - by refusing birthday presents.

Alan, of Quarmby, held a party for family and friends to celebrate his 65th birthday.

Alan and wife Anne, 52, told his 100 guests not to buy gifts but give a donation for Yorkshire Air Ambulance instead.

The result was a PS300 boost for the charity and Anne said: "When you get to a certain age you have everything you need.

"It was Alan's idea to make a donation and we think the air ambulance is a fantastic cause.

"Hopefully we can inspire others to do what we've done and give money to charity instead of receiving presents you don't really need or want."

Alan, who has two daughters Charlotte, 25, and Melissa, 16, gave his party at Lindley Liberal Club a 'real ale' theme.

Many guests brought a bottle so Alan wasn't totally deprived of presents.

Summer Saunter for Ruddi's Retreat WALKERS lined up to put their best foot forward for children's charity Ruddi's Retreat.

The second annual Summer Saunter saw entrants completing a six mile walk around Linthwaite.

And cyclists led by Lee Smith, Jonathan Ellam and Gavin Byrnes also got in on the fundraiser antics by pedalling 100 miles from the charity's two caravans in Filey - which provide low-cost holidays for sick children and their families.

The trio are friends of Ruddi Waterworth-Jones, of Linthwaite, a four-year-old cancer survivor and the inspiration behind the charity.

After the Summer Saunter a party was held at Broad Oak Cricket Club and the whole day is thought to have raised at least PS3,000.

The event was supported by Delicious Desserts, The Bull's Head, Sam's House pub and Grosvenor Casino provided the balloons.

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| AN INSPIRATION: Chris Dickinson surrounded by friends at her retirement party

| BANK STATEMENT: Olympic torchbearer Pat Ainsworth of Emley cuts the ribbon with Lloyds staff looking on (PW230913Alloyds-01)

| MANY HAPPY RETURNS: Alan Mellor (centre) with wife Anne (third left) surrounded by friends at his party at Lindley Liberal Club

| LET'S GO: Ruddi Waterworth-Jones, centre, cuts the tape to start the Saunter to Sunset walk
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Date:Oct 8, 2013
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