Myrna gets a buzz from title
An enthusiastic volunteer from Linslade has been awarded a prestigious title for her charity work in the town.
Myrna Green, of Rock Lane, was chosen as Honorary Burgess of the Parish of Leighton-Linslade for 2013 on her 76th birthday.
She will receive the award in recognition of the significant voluntary contribution she made to the quality of life in the town while working for Buzzer Buses (Dial a Ride).
Mrs Green, who volunteered during the 1980s for the Leighton charity, which provides a door to door transport service, said: “I am really thrilled to bits. I never thought it would happen, it hadn’t even occurred to me.
“We used a lot of volunteers during the ten years I was there, so I was just a cog in the wheel, but yes I am thrilled.”
A ceremony is planned to take place on March 11 at The White House, where she will be awarded the Title of Dignity by the Town Mayor, Councillor Alan Brandham.
The new Hononary Burgess worked for 16 years in social services and now volunteers for family charity, Home Start, in Dunstable.
Recipients of the Honorary Burgess award are invited to Town Council events such as the annual Civic Service and once Mrs Green has received her badge and certificate, her name will be added to the display board in the Council Chamber.
Speaking about the scheme behind the title of Burgess of Leighton-Linslade, Mrs Green said: “It is a lovely idea for the town.
“We get the honour, but I don’t think the council use us enough.
“Everyone who has been awarded before feels like they want to be more active doing things in the town to help.”
But Mrs Green is pleased that Buzzer Buses is getting recognition through the award and will take past and present volunteers with her to the ceremony, along with her son and his partner.
She added: “They are really pleased, but I don’t think he realises how prestigious it is.”
A spokesman for Leighton-Linslade Town Council who congratualted Mrs Green on her achievement, said: “The Sub-Committee considered the nominations received and felt that Mrs Green was the most suitable person to receive the award, based on her years of involvement with not only Buzzer Bus, an essential local service, but also with Home Start and LINK.
“Three people had nominated Mrs Green for the award, which further demonstrated the support and acknowledgement from the community for her time and efforts.”
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