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Honoured for distinguished service

PUBLISHED: 15:58 17 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:29 23 August 2010

THE former deputy of an independent school and magistrate has been honoured by the Queen s representative in Kent. Ann West, who was deputy head at Cobham Hall School for 28 years between 1966 an 1994 received a special award from Lord Lieutenant Allan W

THE former deputy of an independent school and magistrate has been honoured by the Queen's representative in Kent.

Ann West, who was deputy head at Cobham Hall School for 28 years between 1966 an 1994 received a special award from Lord Lieutenant Allan Willett for her long and distinguished service to magistracy and to Kent.

"It is a very great honour. I came as a quite a surprise," she said

A member and former chairman of the Gravesend Soroptimist Club Mrs West, who now lives near at Walderslade, served Medway Bench for 30 years, becoming its first woman chairman and later becoming chairman of the North Kent Bench.

In keeping with her interest in education she was on the steering committee for the School's Mock Trial competition, teaching pupils about the British legal system and organised overseas projects for senior students at 72 schools through charity Round Square.

She is also a deputy Lord Lieutenant.

"You have to retire from the bench at 70 but the deputy Lord Lieutenancy goes on until 75 so I've still got time there," she said.

Mrs West received her award at the Lieutenancy annual meeting in Chatham after retiring from the bench last month.

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