Long-serving magistrate dies at 97

A FORMER teacher, magistrate and theatre supporter Hilary Kilner has died aged 97.

Mrs Kilner, pictured left, 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 the Sowerby Conservative Association.

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

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