MILLIE Watson is a born and bred local - and proud of it. She is the ultimate people person and when she's not running the family business, she's helping out, volunteering in one of the many community events she's involved in.
Her efforts have not gone unnoticed in the community, with Millie announced as one of seven Living Legends at this year's Proclamation Day ceremony.
Accepting her award on Sunday, Millie said she was proud to be a life-long Bathurstian.
"My grandchildren are seventh generation Bathurstians from pioneering families, including the Bonhams, Patemans and Gorrils," she said.
Receiving her award, she said she felt quite overwhelmed.
"I'm just really proud to be from Bathurst," she said.
Still working full time, Millie said she also loves being involved in the local community, whether it's helping out at the local show or Bathurst Hospital.
She's also involved in the Bathurst Facebook Memories page, and loves sharing local knowledge.
"I have a real passion for the city's history," she said.
MIllie was nominated as a Living Legend for a number of reasons.
She's been involved in business all her life, she worked at her parent's haberdashery retail business in Keppel Street for many years.
She was actively involved in the running of Basha's business and credits her outstanding customer service from these humble beginnings. She's worked as the dealer principle of Watson Trackers for decades, and along with her family have run a very successful agricultural business.
Millie and Watson Tractors have supported and sponsored many local clubs, shows and associations over time.
Millie herself has attended the Royal Bathurst Show for 35 years, and Watson's tractors is recognised as one of the shows longest standing exhibitors.
Always a strong supporter of the Bathurst community, Millie has volunteered her time as secretary to Bathurst Junior Boys Hockey Association for nine years, the organising committee of St Pat's Hockey Club's 75th anniversary celebrations.
She was also secretary of the Trunkey Creek Show Society for seven years.
Millie is proud of the fact she comes from a local family which was involved in the retail industry, and in earlier interviews spoke about her early introduction to the family business.
"My dad was the late George Basha and he and mum Mary ran a drapery business in Keppel Street," Millie said.
"I assisted them from about the age of nine doing up the ads and general book work," she said.
Asked what she does so much in the community, Millie said she likes be involved, then laughed and said "really I should be retired."
Mayor of Bathurst, Graeme Hanger said this year's seven Living Legends including Millie, Ian Warren, Dr John Sandra, Ian McArtney, Andrew Fletcher, Barry Cubitt and Marie Billington contributed to the well being of Bathurst.
Cr Hanger said their work benefited the entire community.
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