The term unsung hero is now used so frequently that it often has to be prefixed with the word ‘genuine’ to emphasise the point.
The phrase is perhaps most used at New Year’s Honours time. There is the usual brouhaha over whether certain people deserve honours or not, such as with the young actor James Corden this year.
Whether you agreed with it or not, for every James Corden, there are scores of people like this region’s Kit Wells and Nicola Mark who have quietly dedicated much of their life to their work and passions for the benefit of society.
Mr Wells was featured on the front page last week for his services as a school governor. It is one of those community roles that is so important and almost taken for granted.
Incidentally the Diss Express featured Mr Wells’ work in a piece in 2012.
Today we feature Nicola Mark, who was also on the list, for her work in the unglamourous but vitally important world of pensions.
It is the recognition of these sorts of people’s efforts that makes the New Year’s Honours list still relevant and vital today.
This newspaper is pleased to give them the publicity.