Mayor Dorothy Thornhill picks up MBE from Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace

Watford Observer: Mayor picks up MBE Mayor picks up MBE

Watford elected mayor Dorothy Thornhill rubbed shoulders with Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth among others as she collected her MBE award at Buckingham Palace.

Mrs Thornhill, who has been at the borough's helm since 2002, describe the experience of receiving the honour “humbling”.

News of her MBE was announced in the summer and on Thursday she was presented the medal by Prince Charles.

She said: “As a Welsh girl I was very proud to have the Prince of Wales.

“What came out of it for me was that it was about ordinary people being recognised for quite special things.

“It was quite a humbling experience.”

Mrs Thornhill, who has a background in education entered local politics as Liberal Democrat councillor in 1992.

She then became the town’s first elected mayor in 2002 and has held the post ever since, winning re-election in 2006 and 2010.

The mayor said Prince Charles had been interested to hear she had been the country’s first female elected mayor.

She added: “I told him I had been re-elected twice and he said ‘you must be doing something right’.”

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2:57pm Mon 30 Jan 12

Songbird12 says...

It's a shame the Prince of Wales didn't look into Mayor Thornhill's record. She forgot to inform His Highness what she intends to do to the pond at the top of the town. I guess MBE's are as easy to get as a PhD online. Maybe Buckingham Palace has lowered their standards when nobody was looking. The Mayor is right to call herself "an ordinary girl", because she's by far a too ordinary politician.
It's a shame the Prince of Wales didn't look into Mayor Thornhill's record. She forgot to inform His Highness what she intends to do to the pond at the top of the town. I guess MBE's are as easy to get as a PhD online. Maybe Buckingham Palace has lowered their standards when nobody was looking. The Mayor is right to call herself "an ordinary girl", because she's by far a too ordinary politician. Songbird12

3:03pm Mon 30 Jan 12

garston tony says...

Another photo opportunity hey
Another photo opportunity hey garston tony

3:07pm Mon 30 Jan 12

watfordrick says...

I'm sending mine back now she's got one - ruined it!
I'm sending mine back now she's got one - ruined it! watfordrick

3:30pm Mon 30 Jan 12

MaryWatford says...

What a shame the above people cant just be quiet !. The Mayor has worked hard for our town, I am pleased for her.
What a shame the above people cant just be quiet !. The Mayor has worked hard for our town, I am pleased for her. MaryWatford

3:40pm Mon 30 Jan 12

Songbird12 says...

We have the same right to express how we feel about any public person even if it's negative. Just like you have the right to kiss up. Just make sure to decide on what punctuation you really mean to use.
We have the same right to express how we feel about any public person even if it's negative. Just like you have the right to kiss up. Just make sure to decide on what punctuation you really mean to use. Songbird12

3:51pm Mon 30 Jan 12

MaryWatford says...

Songbird...sad very sad ?.*@!^:
Songbird...sad very sad ?.*@!^: MaryWatford

3:58pm Mon 30 Jan 12

drunkenduck says...

Mayor Dorothy Thornhill receiving an MBE, this must be a "Mind Blowing Experience" for the rest of us. Are we missing something or is nearly all members of the Fib Dems of Watford are receiving something for bogus work they're claimed they have done.
Mayor Dorothy Thornhill receiving an MBE, this must be a "Mind Blowing Experience" for the rest of us. Are we missing something or is nearly all members of the Fib Dems of Watford are receiving something for bogus work they're claimed they have done. drunkenduck

4:09pm Mon 30 Jan 12

Songbird12 says...

@Mary. Indeed you're very sad.
@Mary. Indeed you're very sad. Songbird12

4:17pm Mon 30 Jan 12

MaryWatford says...

..atleast I dont hide behind a silly name !!! End of.
..atleast I dont hide behind a silly name !!! End of. MaryWatford

4:29pm Mon 30 Jan 12

Mike Watford says...

Songbird12 wrote:
It's a shame the Prince of Wales didn't look into Mayor Thornhill's record. She forgot to inform His Highness what she intends to do to the pond at the top of the town. I guess MBE's are as easy to get as a PhD online. Maybe Buckingham Palace has lowered their standards when nobody was looking. The Mayor is right to call herself "an ordinary girl", because she's by far a too ordinary politician.
They do look at people's records - thats how they get the awards. Whatever your political views, the independent inspectors have consistantly praised Dorothy's record of leadership at Watford.

...and it always makes me laugh when people make comments like yours. Most people who stand for election over a period of time make a lot of sacrifices: whether its to their family life, their time, health or financially with their former careers.
[quote][p][bold]Songbird12[/bold] wrote: It's a shame the Prince of Wales didn't look into Mayor Thornhill's record. She forgot to inform His Highness what she intends to do to the pond at the top of the town. I guess MBE's are as easy to get as a PhD online. Maybe Buckingham Palace has lowered their standards when nobody was looking. The Mayor is right to call herself "an ordinary girl", because she's by far a too ordinary politician.[/p][/quote]They do look at people's records - thats how they get the awards. Whatever your political views, the independent inspectors have consistantly praised Dorothy's record of leadership at Watford. ...and it always makes me laugh when people make comments like yours. Most people who stand for election over a period of time make a lot of sacrifices: whether its to their family life, their time, health or financially with their former careers. Mike Watford

4:39pm Mon 30 Jan 12

LSC says...

This sort of thing completely cheapens the Civic Awards system. So, she has done what she was paid to do for the last 10 years. I know of a hundred people like that, and they aren't paid anywhere near as much, either.
Like Mrs Thornhill, I am contracted to do a job. I turn up on time, I work hard and sometimes have to stay late unpaid to get the job done. I didn't realise that resulted in medals, so I shall look forward to mine.
My father was given a Civic Award. After he retired, he spent seven days a week working for a charity, for 20 years. When he got the award he declined to go to the Palace to collect it because in his words, he was 'Too bloody busy'. (He was very proud thogh, on the quiet)
I might be biased, but in my view that is what Civic Awards are about. Not back-slapping politicians, civil servants, sportsmen and actors who are already handsomely paid to do their job.
It should be about real people doing extrordinary things.
This sort of thing completely cheapens the Civic Awards system. So, she has done what she was paid to do for the last 10 years. I know of a hundred people like that, and they aren't paid anywhere near as much, either. Like Mrs Thornhill, I am contracted to do a job. I turn up on time, I work hard and sometimes have to stay late unpaid to get the job done. I didn't realise that resulted in medals, so I shall look forward to mine. My father was given a Civic Award. After he retired, he spent seven days a week working for a charity, for 20 years. When he got the award he declined to go to the Palace to collect it because in his words, he was 'Too bloody busy'. (He was very proud thogh, on the quiet) I might be biased, but in my view that is what Civic Awards are about. Not back-slapping politicians, civil servants, sportsmen and actors who are already handsomely paid to do their job. It should be about real people doing extrordinary things. LSC

4:42pm Mon 30 Jan 12

drunkenduck says...

Mike Watford wrote:
Songbird12 wrote:
It's a shame the Prince of Wales didn't look into Mayor Thornhill's record. She forgot to inform His Highness what she intends to do to the pond at the top of the town. I guess MBE's are as easy to get as a PhD online. Maybe Buckingham Palace has lowered their standards when nobody was looking. The Mayor is right to call herself "an ordinary girl", because she's by far a too ordinary politician.
They do look at people's records - thats how they get the awards. Whatever your political views, the independent inspectors have consistantly praised Dorothy's record of leadership at Watford.

...and it always makes me laugh when people make comments like yours. Most people who stand for election over a period of time make a lot of sacrifices: whether its to their family life, their time, health or financially with their former careers.
Agree with LSC. And don't forgot to mention that Dottie is on a wage of £65,000 plus benefits. That's far more then many readers, council workers etc and others who do far more for the community what Dottie has done is her career. But you don't see them receiving a MBE, do you. The question to ask, 'who' nominated her to receive an MBE in the first place?..
[quote][p][bold]Mike Watford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Songbird12[/bold] wrote: It's a shame the Prince of Wales didn't look into Mayor Thornhill's record. She forgot to inform His Highness what she intends to do to the pond at the top of the town. I guess MBE's are as easy to get as a PhD online. Maybe Buckingham Palace has lowered their standards when nobody was looking. The Mayor is right to call herself "an ordinary girl", because she's by far a too ordinary politician.[/p][/quote]They do look at people's records - thats how they get the awards. Whatever your political views, the independent inspectors have consistantly praised Dorothy's record of leadership at Watford. ...and it always makes me laugh when people make comments like yours. Most people who stand for election over a period of time make a lot of sacrifices: whether its to their family life, their time, health or financially with their former careers.[/p][/quote]Agree with LSC. And don't forgot to mention that Dottie is on a wage of £65,000 plus benefits. That's far more then many readers, council workers etc and others who do far more for the community what Dottie has done is her career. But you don't see them receiving a MBE, do you. The question to ask, 'who' nominated her to receive an MBE in the first place?.. drunkenduck

4:47pm Mon 30 Jan 12

Mike Ribble says...

Say what you like about Dorothy, you have to admire her bravery in wearing that outfit. No wonder Colin firth brushed her shoulder - hurrying away no doubt. Is it true it was chosen by members of the Social Centre in Cross Street?
Say what you like about Dorothy, you have to admire her bravery in wearing that outfit. No wonder Colin firth brushed her shoulder - hurrying away no doubt. Is it true it was chosen by members of the Social Centre in Cross Street? Mike Ribble

12:16pm Tue 31 Jan 12

Toshhorn says...

Leave the poor woman alone, miserable gits.
Leave the poor woman alone, miserable gits. Toshhorn

12:19pm Tue 31 Jan 12

Veritas says...

A very sad day for Watford, when a swarmy, overpaid big time, not need Mayor gets a Gong!

Praised Daft Dotty's Leadership? they obviously have not been around for all the fiascos she has presided over?

The Pond "Consultation" she obviously
does not take into consideration Petitions?

Watford is a mess under her.

The latest about "Dotty Mag" opps, About Watford. No wonder the electorate are confused when they get such slick marketing.

Now she claims she is getting death threats?

This Fib Dem administration is bleeding the Council dry with their salaries, whilst good much needed staff are made redundant.

You only have to look at the dodgy personalities trying to defend her to see they are all on a nice little earner at our and the towns expense.

Please get rid of her!!! She is an embarrasment, we all know it.
A very sad day for Watford, when a swarmy, overpaid big time, not need Mayor gets a Gong! Praised Daft Dotty's Leadership? they obviously have not been around for all the fiascos she has presided over? The Pond "Consultation" she obviously does not take into consideration Petitions? Watford is a mess under her. The latest about "Dotty Mag" opps, About Watford. No wonder the electorate are confused when they get such slick marketing. Now she claims she is getting death threats? This Fib Dem administration is bleeding the Council dry with their salaries, whilst good much needed staff are made redundant. You only have to look at the dodgy personalities trying to defend her to see they are all on a nice little earner at our and the towns expense. Please get rid of her!!! She is an embarrasment, we all know it. Veritas

1:11pm Tue 31 Jan 12

scarecrow says...

There is absolutely nothing I could ever admire about Dorothy Thornhill, not even her outfit! Why should she get an MBE for doing her job and receiving a huge wage for it too.
There is absolutely nothing I could ever admire about Dorothy Thornhill, not even her outfit! Why should she get an MBE for doing her job and receiving a huge wage for it too. scarecrow

1:58pm Wed 1 Feb 12

nortwat says...

Another picture of our beloved Mayor what a surprise .Maybe she should look after her voters now or will she just tell them to clean up any dog messs themselves still. But well done for another picture in the paper
Another picture of our beloved Mayor what a surprise .Maybe she should look after her voters now or will she just tell them to clean up any dog messs themselves still. But well done for another picture in the paper nortwat

3:33pm Wed 1 Feb 12

nortwat says...

just to add to what i put i rang the town hall and spoke to dottie and mentioned dog mess outside my property and was promptly told to clen it up my self and she waould pass it on to enviromental health tht was on a tuesdy and guess what still there on the thursday. So can anyone tell me that is a mayor that cares for her town the true answer in a big fat NO. If it was out side her house bet it would of been cleaned up within 5 mins. So for that dottie a great big thanks for nothing .
just to add to what i put i rang the town hall and spoke to dottie and mentioned dog mess outside my property and was promptly told to clen it up my self and she waould pass it on to enviromental health tht was on a tuesdy and guess what still there on the thursday. So can anyone tell me that is a mayor that cares for her town the true answer in a big fat NO. If it was out side her house bet it would of been cleaned up within 5 mins. So for that dottie a great big thanks for nothing . nortwat

9:53pm Thu 2 Feb 12

laurat86 says...

nortwat wrote:
just to add to what i put i rang the town hall and spoke to dottie and mentioned dog mess outside my property and was promptly told to clen it up my self and she waould pass it on to enviromental health tht was on a tuesdy and guess what still there on the thursday. So can anyone tell me that is a mayor that cares for her town the true answer in a big fat NO. If it was out side her house bet it would of been cleaned up within 5 mins. So for that dottie a great big thanks for nothing .
You actually phone the council to tell them you have dog mess outside your house!? Get a grip. I would have told you to clean it up yourself too.
[quote][p][bold]nortwat[/bold] wrote: just to add to what i put i rang the town hall and spoke to dottie and mentioned dog mess outside my property and was promptly told to clen it up my self and she waould pass it on to enviromental health tht was on a tuesdy and guess what still there on the thursday. So can anyone tell me that is a mayor that cares for her town the true answer in a big fat NO. If it was out side her house bet it would of been cleaned up within 5 mins. So for that dottie a great big thanks for nothing .[/p][/quote]You actually phone the council to tell them you have dog mess outside your house!? Get a grip. I would have told you to clean it up yourself too. laurat86

1:58am Fri 3 Feb 12

LSC says...

nortwat wrote:
just to add to what i put i rang the town hall and spoke to dottie and mentioned dog mess outside my property and was promptly told to clen it up my self and she waould pass it on to enviromental health tht was on a tuesdy and guess what still there on the thursday. So can anyone tell me that is a mayor that cares for her town the true answer in a big fat NO. If it was out side her house bet it would of been cleaned up within 5 mins. So for that dottie a great big thanks for nothing .
You managed to get through to the Mayor to talk about dog poo? You think that is best use of her time?
Forget employment levels, forget crime. Forget empty office blocks, dying shops, homeless on the streets. Forget slashed budgets and redundancies. Nortwat very nearly got a dirty carpet, and THAT is serious folks. Perhaps we could have some sort of petition?
[quote][p][bold]nortwat[/bold] wrote: just to add to what i put i rang the town hall and spoke to dottie and mentioned dog mess outside my property and was promptly told to clen it up my self and she waould pass it on to enviromental health tht was on a tuesdy and guess what still there on the thursday. So can anyone tell me that is a mayor that cares for her town the true answer in a big fat NO. If it was out side her house bet it would of been cleaned up within 5 mins. So for that dottie a great big thanks for nothing .[/p][/quote]You managed to get through to the Mayor to talk about dog poo? You think that is best use of her time? Forget employment levels, forget crime. Forget empty office blocks, dying shops, homeless on the streets. Forget slashed budgets and redundancies. Nortwat very nearly got a dirty carpet, and THAT is serious folks. Perhaps we could have some sort of petition? LSC

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