TWO Doncaster women have made history as the first women ever to be accepted as members of Thorne Rural Lions.
Auriol Henton, from Dunscroft, and Tracey Roberts, of Rossington, broke down the walls of what had been a male bastion, as they were given membership of the group after a vote by the rest - all men.
Tthe pair are delighted to have found their own place in the history of the organisation, which goes back generations.
The Lions work to raise money in and around Thorne, and use the cash to help good causes and residents who are facing hardship.
Auriol said both she and Tracey had decided they wanted to join the group after helping out at events.
They had become involved through their husbands, Joe Henton and Pete Roberts, who are already members of the group.
Auriol said: “We have done work for the Lions for years, helping out at their disabled sports days and disabled children’s Christmas parties, as well as running coffee mornings for them.
“We thoroughly enjoyed it and really wanted to join.
“It went to a vote and it was passed by a majority.
“I think women joining had been mentioned before, but I don’t think anyone had wanted to rock the boat. I think there could be a few wives following us in the future, now that we’re members.
“It feels great to be a member rather than just a helper - we can attend the formal meetings now.”
Auriol has already taken on some duties for the Lions.
She had to report back to the group on a family who had hit hard times and whose washing machine had broken down, to approve a request for help.
“That is something I wouldn’t have been allowed to do before,” she said.
“I feel really proud that we have made a bit of history,” she added.
Both Auriol and Tracey are now preparing to take part in their first big event as members.
It will be the Lions Disabled Sports Day on Saturday at Sandall Park, which will see disabled children from all across Yorkshire arrive in the borough to compete against each other.