Departing Eye mayor praises community as civic awards are presented

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Departing Eye Town Mayor Maria Ford has praised local volunteer groups and organisations for their involvement during her spell in charge.

Colin Ribchester, mayor elect, will be sworn in to the role at a ceremony next month.

I am humbled at the time so many busy people give to make others feel included and needed; I have met with many elderly people, school children and disadvantaged individuals and it has been a joy

Outgoing mayor Maria Ford

But speaking in the Eye Town Council Annual Newsletter, Mrs Ford was keen to heap praise on the community.

“I was rather reluctant to take on the role of mayor a year ago however as I reflect upon my year I can honestly say that I am honoured to have walked in the footsteps of so many before me,” she said.

“One of the most -heart-warming undertakings in my role has been to witness the involvement of local volunteer groups and organisations in the town.

“I am humbled at the time so many busy people give to make others feel included and needed; I have met with many elderly people, school children and disadvantaged individuals and it has been a joy.”

The Civic Awards were also presented at the annual town meeting earlier this month.

The winners were:

- Chris Willoughby, for his work on the Eye Magazine and his leadership of the Town Moors Society

- St John Perry, the bell ringing ‘Tower Captain’ and for his work with numerous Eye organisations

- Richard Muttock, for years of support of the annual Remembrance service

- Robin Knight, for his work on setting up the speed watch group and organising the 20’s Plenty campaign

- Tony Diamond, for supporting the Memory Lane group and organising the Christmas community singing

- Bruce Salter, for chairing the Business Forum and support of town events