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Pictures: Ilfracombe honours its unsung heroes

PUBLISHED: 12:38 19 December 2015 | UPDATED: 12:38 19 December 2015

The Pride in Ilfracombe winners with their awards

The Pride in Ilfracombe winners with their awards

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Pride in Ilfracombe Awards for town stalwarts

Local people have once again been honoured in the popular Pride in Ilfracombe Awards.

Nominated by the public, the awards recognise the hard work and unselfish acts of unsung heroes and heroines in the town.

They were handed out on Wednesday by Councillor Geoff Fowler in a packed council chamber as friends and family gathered to watch.

One went to all the volunteers of Ilfracombe RNLI for their dedication, fundraising and hard work, as well as endless training to ensure the new town lifeboat was ready to go.

Wendy Butler of Transform 4 Work won an award for almost 10 years of voluntary work helping people get back into employment.

Leo Cooper was honoured for his dedication to the town, serving as a town councillor as well as chairman of Ilfracombe Round Table and often being at the forefront of Round Table fundraising events.

Mark and Jan Lees were recognised for their efforts in trying to save the life of a neighbour after he had a heart attack – you can read more about their story on page 14.

David Blackmore has served 45 years with St John Ambulance, continues to train young first aiders in the town and also serves as a community responder for South Western Ambulance Service.

Coral Leaman was praised for her long voluntary service to the library, her positive attitude and her work over the past year with the Feel Better With a Book Group.

Roy Imeson has been scout master of Ilfracombe Scout Group for several years and has worked tirelessly to get young people through their Duke of Edinburgh Awards as well as the Ten Torrs.

Last but not least, the Old Gits Club group of volunteers were nominated for their work helping to get the Lantern Centre reopen. The group carries out a variety of activities throughout the town, painting, cleaning and generally making sure it looks its best.

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