A lifelong Diss resident who dedicates his time to the cleanliness of the town and the River Waveney has been voted the winner of this year’s Honoured Citizen Award.
William Turner, or Billy as he is also known, of Wordsworth Road, Diss, was recognised by Diss Town Council for his work with the Diss River Care Group and litter picking across the town.
The 75-year-old, who has lived in Diss all of his life, was presented with a scroll by town mayor Neil Howard at a town council meeting last Wednesday, and will have his name engraved on a Roll of Honour Board in the Diss Corn Hall.
“I feel very pleased with it,” he said. “I have been doing it for a couple of years now. I have had lots of people come up to me and say what a good job I do.”
Mr Turner, who thanked South Norfolk Council, Diss Town Council and Saffron Housing for their help over the years, says he takes inspiration in what he does from military heroes who have served the country.
“In the army there is a lot of people who fought and died in two World Wars, and the wars since, to make a better country. I would like to think that I am working towards that,” he added.
Diss Town Councillor, and Diss River Care founder Beth Dewhurst said: “As a councillor and a founder of Diss River Care, Billy is one of our most loyal and valuable members and he regarded fondly by everyone.
“He turns out in all weathers which, at his age, is amazing.”
Last year the award was won by Alan Rowe, long-serving Diss locksmith and charity fundraiser, and before him Doreen Collins, for her role in helping to organise Diss Carnival since its resurrection in 2008.