Nominations open for Diss Town Council’s Citizen’s Awards

Owen Leeder, Diss Town Mayor Julian Mason, and Pete Gillings.

Owen Leeder, Diss Town Mayor Julian Mason, and Pete Gillings.

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Every community has them — the stalwarts who give their time and effort to boost their area and people.

And it is that time of year to honour them in Diss, as the town council opens for nominations for its Citizen’s Awards, celebrating those community champions who have dedicated their time for the good of others.

They’re the ones out there, giving up their time for others without ever expecting a thank you

Diss Town Council Leader Graham Minshull

Diss High School pupil Owen Leeder was crowned Junior Good Citizen last year. Owen lost his father, Greg, when he was only ten years old. Nelson’s Journey, a Norfolk-based charity which supports bereaved children in the county, was there for the youngster during his tough time.

And he gave something back, volunteering for the charity, and among a panel of youngsters who helped create Nelson’s Journey Smile and Tears smartphone app.

Well-known businessman, Diss Express columnist and former Come Dine With Me Contestant Pete Gillings was awarded as the town’s Honoured Citizen gong for 2016. He has long been a supporter of the town’s events, from Diss Carnival, to the Royal Anglian Regiment receiving the freedom of the town in 2012.

Graham Minshull, Diss Town Council Leader, said: “Our citizen’s awards are a great opportunity to recognize people in our town who have given so much to their community.

“They’re the ones out there, giving up their time for others without ever expecting a thank you. So if you know someone in the town you think deserves a nomination — go for it!”

The deadline for nominations is April 12. Nomination forms are available from the town council offices on Market Hill, or online at www.disstowncouncil.co.uk

Last five winners Honoured Citizen: Pete Gillings, 2016; Suzanne Kayne, 2015; William Turner, 2013; Alan Rowe, 2012; Doreen Collins, 2011.

Junior Good Citizens: Owen Leeder, 2016; Ellen Nicholas, 2015; Thomas Kemberry, 2014; Shelby Baker, 2013; Aston Taylor, 2012.