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Community stalwarts at Felixstowe honoured for outstanding service to resort

PUBLISHED: 23:56 21 May 2017 | UPDATED: 23:56 21 May 2017

Outgoing mayor of Felixstowe Jan Garfield with the recipients of this year's Mayor's Awards, Felixstowe Community Award and HMS Ganges Youth Trophy. Picture: FELIXSTOWE TOWN COUNCIL

Outgoing mayor of Felixstowe Jan Garfield with the recipients of this year's Mayor's Awards, Felixstowe Community Award and HMS Ganges Youth Trophy. Picture: FELIXSTOWE TOWN COUNCIL

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Eight people have received a resort’s highest accolade for their outstanding service to the town at its annual community awards.

Outgoing mayor of Felixstowe, Jan Garfield, presented Mayor’s Awards, along with the HMS Ganges Youth Trophy, Community Service Awards and the Felixstowe Community Award.

She said: “It was extremely difficult to choose the winners and my congratulations go to those who won. Also to those who didn’t succeed this time.

“My thanks also go to those who nominated the candidates. Without you there wouldn’t be an awards ceremony! So many fantastic people in our lovely town of Felixstowe. “

Mayor’s Awards went to Francis and Mary Cotterell, chairman and secretary of the Felixstowe Wesel Association since 1974; Chris Daynes, fundraiser for Felixstowe and Walton FC, who has enabled them to this year have a new pavilion built; Mark Maidment, for his work with the East Suffolk Association for the Blind and running the Felixstowe Blind Shooting Club; Penny Parker, for her outstanding contribution to the Guide Dogs for the Blind and young people in Felixstowe.

David Tolliday was rewarded as Felixstowe Lawn Tennis Club trustee for over 25 years as well as volunteering for several local organisations; Don Wallace, for his work as a volunteer since 2000 for the Citizens Advice Bureau; and Stephen and Mary Wyatt for organising the annual Felixstowe Art on the Prom, which brings thousands of visitors to the town.

Community Service Awards were given to Teresa Doran, organiser of the Together Club for the elderly in Felixstowe for over 20 years; Elaine Wright, volunteer with Old Felixstowe Community Association and for being instrumental in acquiring a defibrillator at the centre along with first aid training sessions for hirers; and John White, harbour master at Felixstowe Ferry.

Felixstowe Community Award 2017 was presented to the Basic Life Charity which runs pop-up shops in the town to distribute surplus foods to people in need.

Meanwhile, HMS Ganges Youth Trophy was awarded to Aimee Powell, who works hard within the Air Cadets, Guides and Brownies encouraging younger members as well as working weekends in a residential home.

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