Former magistrate Hilary Kilner, 97

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Hilary Kilner, a former teacher, magistrate and drama enthusiast, has died aged 97.

Mrs Kilner sat on the bench at the former Todmorden Magistrates’ Court for 22 years until being forced to resign in 1984 when she reached the age of 70.

She was deputy chairman of the bench and the licensing committee, chairman of the domestic committee and chairman of the juvenile bench.

Mrs Kilner had been a physical education teacher at Bedford College and later at Calder High School, Mytholmroyd.

She moved to Calderdale in 1939 when she married her late husband, Edward Kilner, the vice-chairman of the Rochdale Canal Company.

The couple lived at Brearley Hall, Luddenden Foot, for 36 years and later at Hollin Hill Farm.

She was chairman of the Calder Valley Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild and chaired the women’s advisory committee of Sowerby Conservative Association.

Mrs Kilner joined Hebden Bridge Light Opera Society in 1947 and St Michael’s Amateur Operatic Society in Mytholmroyd, and was a past president of both.

She died at her home in Portscatho, in Cornwall, and a memorial service is being planned at Mytholmroyd.