OBE honour at Buckingham Palace for long-serving Swansea magistrate
A FORMER magistrate, who sat as a justice in Swansea for four decades, has swapped the courtroom for the palace.
Elliot Griffiths went to Buckingham Palace to receive his OBE, appointed to the former Brynmill School and Christ College student for services to the criminal justice system.
Mr Griffiths became a magistrate at the age of 30 in 1973 while working as a chartered accountant for the Morriston construction firm Rees and Kirby — he went on to serve on the bench for 40 years, retiring, as all magistrates must do, when he hit 70 earlier this year.
He also spent many years as a member of the Magistrates Association.
Mr Griffiths, who lives in Cadoxton, Neath, received his OBE from Prince Charles.
He said: "It was a very proud moment, and I was lucky enough to share it with members of my family.
"It was very unexpected when the OBE was announced in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
"Being a magistrate was very rewarding — the sacrifices came from my family to allow me to do it."