Fay flying off to Sydney in quest for further honours


GRAFTON resident Fay Boyd has a new goblet, but it is unlikely it will be used for drinking.

The sparkling cup is a trophy of kinds, presented to Ms Boyd after she received Clarence Valley's woman of the year.

Ms Boyd, who is best-known for her work as president of Grafton Artsfest, said she was honoured by the award which was presented on Friday at an afternoon tea attended by family and friends.

"When (member for Clarence Steve Cansdell) told me, for a change I was speechless.

"It's been a huge privilege for Steve to have had that confidence in me (but) I don't think I do anymore than any other community-minded person does."

Ms Boyd has lived in Grafton for 38 years and has worked in community groups for that time,

"My mother always said you should put back into a community what you take out of it and you can't take swimming pools and community centres for granted," she said.

Ms Boyd will fly to Sydney tomorrow to attend a reception with premier Bob Carr, where she will represent Clarence in the award for NSW woman of the year.

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