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PHOTOS: Bideford people and businesses honoured by outgoing mayor

09:00 07 June 2014

Town crier Jim Weeks celebrating his 30 years

Town crier Jim Weeks celebrating his 30 years' service. Pic: Graham Hobbs

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Awards included citizen award, best Christmas lights, and a special recognition for town crier.

Ricky Dymond received the brand new young citizen award. Pic: Graham HobbsRicky Dymond received the brand new young citizen award. Pic: Graham Hobbs

BIDEFORD’S outgoing mayor gave out a number of awards to citizens and businesses on Thursday evening.

Councillor Simon Inch, who was mayor for two years and was succeeded in May by Cllr Mervyn Langmead, gave out the annual awards at the mayors introduction ceremony.

Crabby Dicks in Cooper Street won two awards, one for the best floral display and one for the best public house’s Christmas lights.

Blackwells Pasties won the award for the best retailer’s Christmas lights and Mr Chips won the most outstanding display by a retailer.

Jeff Facey was honoured with the citizen award, and Bideford boxer Ricky Dymond was given the brand new young citizen award.

Tazmin Sargent was honoured as the outgoing mayor’s cadet the Macular Degeneration Society, the mayor’s chosen charity, was given a cheque for £1,600.

The town council also made a very special presentation to Jim Weeks, who has been serving as the town crier for 30 years.

He was given a special hand-crafted figure by John Butler, and a certificate to mark his long service and dedication.

Town clerk Heather Blackburn said: “Jim is a very familiar figure within the town, with his uniform, and his tap-tapping of his staff before he rings his bell.

“He is very well known and has been doing this for thirty years; he started doing this for the town council on May 10, 1984.”

For more photographs from the awards presentations click the gallery on the right of the page.

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