PRIME Minister David Cameron has thanked a Kingswinford woman celebrating her centenary for decades of dedication to the Conservative Party.

Mr Cameron sent a letter congratulating retired civil servant Marian Timmins on her milestone birthday and thanking her for “many loyal years of service and support” in honour of more than 80 years of commitment to the party which she joined in her teens.

Dudley South MP Chris Kelly presented the Prime Minister’s letter to great-grandmother Mrs Timmins, of Kingsley Road, ahead of her birthday today (Tuesday November 27).

The note from Westminster read: “As you know, our Party relies on the hard work and commitment of volunteers and supporters like you, who give up their evenings, weekends and holidays to put forward the Conserative message up and down the country.

“Without committed supporters we could not even think about fighting elections, so we have an enormous amount to thank you for.”

Mrs Timmins, who has been a member of the Conservative Party since she was 16, was in the Junior Imperial and Constitutional League back in the 1930s and is believed to be one of the Tory Party’s most long-standing activists.

Diana Thomas-Smout said her mother was “thrilled to bits” to receive Mr Cameron’s letter which has been framed and which she plans to hang in her bedroom.

Mrs Timmins, who worked for the Department of Employment for 41 years - retiring in 1973, also received a telegram from Secretary of State for Work and Pensions - Iain Duncan Smith.

The former Mary Stevens Hospice shop volunteer also received a telegram from Her Majersty The Queen and was today treated to a visit from the Mayor and Mayoress of Dudley - Councillor Melvyn Mottram and his wife Michelle.