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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 March, 2005, 06:24 GMT
Queen in city for Maundy service
Len Chambers
Len Chambers was nominated for his work with the Salvation Army
The Queen will be in Wakefield on Thursday where the city's cathedral has been chosen for this year's traditional Maundy Thursday service.

To mark her 79th year, 79 men and 79 women will each receive two purses containing special Maundy coins.

The recipients are all pensioners who have been recommended by local churches in recognition of their service to the local community.

Len Chambers, one of those chosen to attend, said he was "very proud".

Mr Chambers, who is from Pontefract, was nominated by Audrey Briggs of the Salvation Army in the town.

She said she wanted his work with the Salvation Army to be recognised as well as his voluntary work in Pontefract.

Another of those attending, 82-year-old Harry Dawson, from Dewsbury, was chosen because of his voluntary work.

He is a founder member of Pennies from Heaven, a charity set up in 1997 and which has raised more than 100,000 to help Dewsbury Hospital raise money for equipment.



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