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Marjorie turns back the clock

02 November 2001

Memories will come flooding back for Marjorie Harris when the Commonwealth Games come to Manchester.


Still sprightly: Marjorie Harris

The sprightly 93-year-old took part in the Empire Games in London in 1934.

That was the forerunner to the modern Commonwealth Games and Marjorie, from Salford, came fifth in the high jump.

When Manchester hosts the sporting spectacular next year, Marjorie is hoping to return from her home in Norfolk.


During her athletics career, Marjorie was heavily involved in Salford Harriers. She is believed to be the first northern woman to compete for England. As a schoolgirl she held the high jump record at Sale Girls' High School for many years.

After she finished competing she became an athletics official and continued in that role until she was nearly 80. Her sterling work in sport was recognised when she was made a life vice-president of the Women's Amateur Athletic Association.

Failing eyesight forced has to move to live with her daughter Pauline in Norfolk, but she is still a keen follower of athletics and can still walk a mile a day.

Athletics and sport must be in the family blood as Pauline was also a high jumper for Sale Harriers and Stretford Harriers.


She is now women's track and field manager at the City of Norwich Athletics Club and coaches middle distance runners.

Pauline said: ''Mum thinks it's wonderful that the Games are coming to Manchester and just wishes she was a bit younger because she probably would have been an official at the event.

''There is a lot of interest already down here and people are really looking forward to the Games.''

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