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Doreen takes centre stage after decades of service to Llangors community

There was a very special evening – and a packed hall – at Llangors Church in Wales Primary School yesterday, celebrating nonagenarian Doreen Tranter.

Pupils and members of the local community joined to celebrate and thank Doreen for her years of service to the school and Llangors, and to hear from Doreen herself about her extraordinary life in a ‘This is Your Life’ interview with Sue Brook.

93-year-old Doreen was born in Ebbw Vale in 1926 and spent her working life in the health service. When she began her career at Mardy’s fever hospital – which treated cases of scarlet fever, typhoid and diphtheria and tuberculosis – the NHS had yet to be founded.

Doreen also gave the first injection of the newly-discovered penicillin at the hospital.

Doreen then went to Cardiff Royal Infirmary, followed by a move to Scotland where she worked as a midwife. On returning to Cardiff, she became senior nurse at seven hospitals.

Doreen is a familiar face at the school, where she visits twice a week to help pupils with their reading, and in her local church.

Pupils performed a song and poem specially written for the evening, and presented Doreen and Sue with bouquets of flowers.

You can read more about Doreen’s extraordinary life in the Christmas edition of Cymuned.