Town’s heroes honoured

NAKP 1305282AM1 Mayor's Awards.Cllr. Christine Willoughby receives her Long Service Award fron Cllr. John Batt. (1305282AM1)
NAKP 1305282AM1 Mayor's Awards.Cllr. Christine Willoughby receives her Long Service Award fron Cllr. John Batt. (1305282AM1)

Twp dedicated Knaresborough workers who spend every morning cleaning the town’s streets – even being spotted hard at work on Christmas day– have been honoured for their hard work.

Street cleaners Terence Stanger and David Harper have been awarded the Outstanding Service Award for their impressive work ethic which sees them out and about cleaning Knaresborough’s streets first thing every morning.

NAKP 1305282AM3 Mayor's Awards.  Joint winners of the Outstanding Service Award Terence Stanger and David Harper seen here with Cllr. John Batt. (1305282AM3)

NAKP 1305282AM3 Mayor's Awards. Joint winners of the Outstanding Service Award Terence Stanger and David Harper seen here with Cllr. John Batt. (1305282AM3)

The pair were nominated for the award by outgoing Mayor Coun John Batt, who said:

“Our two street cleaners spend a lot of time keeping our town clean and tidy, and they have even been seen out on Christmas Day.

“To have such dedication to the town and their jobs deserves an award.”

Coun Batt also nominated Knaresborough man Mike Boddington for the Mayor’s Community Award – in recognition of his hard work decking the town out with flags to celebrate last year’s Diamond Jubilee.

The awards were given out at the Mayor Making ceremony on Friday, May 17, when Coun Carole Reid was installed as the incoming Mayor of Knaresborough alongside her daughter Catherine who will act as Mayor’s Consort for the year. Coun Tony Handley became Deputy Mayor alongside his wife Lori Handley as Deputy Mayoress.

The ceremony also saw town councillor Christine WIlloughby receive a long service award for 12 years as a representative for the town.

After a year as Mayor, Coun Batt praised the dedication of the many volunteers he met through his duties.

“It was a wonderful year, and I’ve said it many times but I don’t I reaslised how many people give such an amount of their personal life and time to volunteering. It is fantastic to see what they do to brighten up other people’e lives and serve their country,” he said.