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Five honoured with community awards

PUBLISHED: 02:16 16 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

FIVE hard-working Felixstowe people have been honoured for their outstanding service to the community with a special new award.

Keith Flower, Charles Taylor, Phyllis Carter, Barry Slade and Barbara Reid are the first people to receive the new Felixstowe Mayor's Award for voluntary work done in the town.

FIVE hard-working Felixstowe people have been honoured for their outstanding service to the community with a special new award.

Keith Flower, Charles Taylor, Phyllis Carter, Barry Slade and Barbara Reid are the first people to receive the new Felixstowe Mayor's Award for voluntary work done in the town.

The award scheme has been set up by mayor Harry Dangerfield – who leaves office at the annual town council meeting tonight – as one of the key events of his year.

While five people were presented with lapel badges to mark the first awards, in future years there may only be one or two people who are rewarded.

Mr Dangerfield said: "The mayor is privileged to have the opportunity to visit many voluntary organisations in the town during the year and to meet the many individuals upon whose unstinting efforts the life of our community depends.

"I have been enormously impressed by the work carried out for our town on a voluntary basis by so many individuals.

"The Mayor's Award is an opportunity to reward and acknowledge this superb voluntary effort."

Keith Flower received his award at the special ceremony at Felixstowe Town Hall to mark his dedicated service to the town's award-winning Sea Cadet unit, of which has been the commanding officer for the past six years.

Mr Flower has worked with the TS Landguard unit since 1984 and during this time they have won the HMS Ganges trophy as well as national pennants.

Charles Taylor was chairman of the Felixstowe East Suffolk Travellers' Association for many years and is now honorary life president. Under his leadership, the group fought for transport improvements for the town, both on the buses and the trains, and has had many successes over the years.

Now in her 90s, Phyllis Carter has another award to add to the coveted WRVS Diamond she holds for her meals on wheels work. She has also done prison visiting, served teas at the magistrates' courts, worked at the senior citizens' day centre and for the Old People's Welfare Association, been a member of the Felixstowe Friendly Visiting Service, and served at St John's Church.

Barry Slade, 82, received his Mayor's Award for a variety of work which included 26 years with St John Ambulance, where he still helps with the first aid certificates; working with the Felixstowe Lions; organising holidays for the disabled; and as an escort for the dial-a-ride FACTS bus.

The fifth recipient Barbara Reid has been chairman of the conservation group The Felixstowe Society for many years, which has worked hard to ensure the town's character does not change and its opinion has been influential in many matters concerning planning and preservation.

WEBLINK: www.felixstowe.gov.uk


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