PENARTH and Dinas Powys members of the Soroptomist International Barry and District Club have been honoured with long-service awards, in the year the club celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The club was initially formed by a group of 23 women back in 1968, with three of those original members still remaining active in the society to this day.

Retired optician Vivien Liles and former dentist Diane Dixon – both from Penarth – received awards for their 50 years of service to the club, and were also presented with photo albums compiled by the group's president, Jackie Memory.

Dinas Powys' Iris Hopkins, an ex-headteacher, was also given an award for her 35 years with the group, while 25-year awards were given to former local government officer Christine Drury, also from Dinas Powys, and retired university lecturer Pamela Price-Thomas of Penarth.

All five women said they were honoured to receive the accolades for their long service.

Soroptomist International aims to help girls and women to achieve their full potential, as well as supporting charities locally, nationally and internationally.

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