TWO long-standing Huddersfield magistrates have retired.
Arthur Brown, of Beaumont Park, became a JP in 1977 and Julia Netherwood, from Almondbury, has served 20 years.
Both are 70 and were deputy chairmen of the bench.
Mrs Netherwood was the first person to take on that role following a reorganisation in 1998.
They were recognised for their years of service at a ceremony in the magistrates' court.
Magistrates' chairman Brian Hebblethwaite said: "Julia was the ideal person for this role, as she set the high standards that succeeding deputies have sought to maintain.
"Mr Brown succeeded her for 2000 and did an excellent job."
Mrs Netherwood grew up in Huddersfield and taught domestic science at Huddersfield Technical College.
She was secretary of the Waverley Old Girls' Association for 18 years between 1958 and 1976 and president of the local Girl Guides' association from 1976 to 1983.
Mrs Netherwood has two daughters and four teenage grandchildren.
She has been a member of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club for 54 years.
Mr Brown is a former senior partner at chartered accountants Simpson Wood.
He has been choirmaster at St Mark' Church, Longwood, for 19 years and sung in church choirs for more than 50 years.
Mr Brown is a keen walker and gardener and enjoys crown green bowling. He is also president of Birkby Probus Club.
Mrs Netherwood was presented with a set of glasses and Mr Brown with a rosebowl.