A Powys town clerk says she's "overwhelmed" after being recognised by her colleagues for her outstanding contribution to the profession.

Anne Wilson, who is Welshpool Town Clerk, has been presented with a national award at the Society of Local Council Clerks conference in Hinkley today(October 13) in front of 300 delegates.

Former Labour Home Secretary David Blunkett was guest of honour at the event, and told delegates that ‘Clerks are the cog to ensure we can make progress’ as he discussed his life story, experiences and views on how planning should 'start with the community'.

The John Compton Cup is a national award, presented in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the progression of the Society of Local Council Clerks, and overall to the Clerks' profession, including mentoring and training of Clerks.

The award recognises Annes’ long service in various roles within the Society and National Association of Local Councils over the past 30 years, and is awarded by fellow clerks on town councils up and down the country.

"Welshpool Town Council is delighted and very proud of Anne in being honoured in the way," said a spokesperson.

"Anne has been with us for a relatively short time, in comparison with the 30 years she has served the profession. We can now look forward to many years of Welshpool benefitting from her knowledge, skills and expertise."