Civic awards launched

PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 December 2010

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HARD-WORKING people who have contributed to Axbridge’s community will be recognised for their endeavours in the town’s first civic awards.

Axbridge mayor Councillor Jeremy Gall decided to introduce the accolades after witnessing the efforts of people during the pageant held in the town earlier this year.

He told the Mercury: “There were a huge number of people putting in an enormous amount of work without any expectation of any reward.

“It was partly that and partly also being elected as mayor this year I have been to a number of towns which give out civic awards - it struck me as being a very constructive thing to do.

“In Axbridge you see the same people getting involved year after year, they step up to the mark and it is that kind of commitment that makes the town what it is.

“I thought it would be a good idea to give them the recognition they deserve.”

People can submit nominations for ‘local heroes’ or those who have helped the community in some way – even if they do not live in the town.

The town council will take a vote at its next full meeting in January and the winners will be presented with their awards on February 27 at a celebration service in St John the Baptist Church.

It is hoped that the civic awards will become an annual event depending on its success this year.

Cllr Gall added: “We haven’t decided how many awards will be given out this year but there will be more than in forthcoming years because we haven’t held anything like this for an awful long time.”

To nominate, people can download a form at www.axbridge-tc.gov.uk or pick one up at Axbridge Chemist, the Post Office, the surgery or ring town clerk Vicky Brice on 07884 264033. Forms must be submitted by December 31.

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