“Diamond” pensioners recognised

Pensioners Elizabeth Francis and Joan Lloyd will have a very special reason to celebrate Herefordshire Diamond Day next week, when The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visit the county.

Both have been honoured for what has been described as “selfless” community work and are due to be among a group of winners who will receive special Diamond Day Awards from the Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire, Lady Darnley, on King George V Playing Fields next Wednesday, July 11.

Elizabeth Francis, who is in her 80s, has made a major contribution to village life in Dorstone. She’s been the village postmistress, is a key member of her local church, acts as a local genealogist, village hall manager and, very importantly, is a celebrated scone maker.

Meanwhile, Joan Lloyd, who comes from Bullingham, has been delivering meals on wheels for twenty-seven years. Joan celebrated her 91st birthday last month and friends say her enthusiasm and optimism are boundless.

Jo Hilditch, who has overseen the Diamond Day Award nominations, said: “To be honest, the stories of the selfless and tireless efforts of these ladies and other candidates brought a tear to my eye. It’s been a very humbling experience overseeing this project.”

The Diamond Day Awards cover a wide range of nominations including; excellence in sport, business, farming and agriculture, the arts, music and food and drink.

Joan and Elizabeth appeared in the Pride of Herefordshire and Excellence in the voluntary sector categories.