Family members accepted the community plate on behalf of Dave, who died in April last year at the age of 63.

Dave Butt's daughter Amy accepts the RAF Community Plate at Barnstaple's mayor making ceremony on Thursday. Picture: Barnstaple Town CouncilDave Butt's daughter Amy accepts the RAF Community Plate at Barnstaple's mayor making ceremony on Thursday. Picture: Barnstaple Town Council

Barnstaple Town Council has honoured the late Dave Butt by posthumously awarding him a community plate.

Mayor of Barnstaple, Councillor Julie Hunt presented the award to members of Dave’s family during the town council’s annual mayor making ceremony on Thursday.

Dave, who died in April last year at the age of 63, was a hugely popular former councillor and teacher, known to countless people for his tireless community work.

Mrs Hunt said Dave was a ‘true champion’ of the Barnstaple community.

Dave Butt, pictured during the Pilton Festival, was a staunch community champion. Picture: Barbara Fryer PhotographyDave Butt, pictured during the Pilton Festival, was a staunch community champion. Picture: Barbara Fryer Photography

She added: “The town council feels very strongly that we should honour his enormous contribution and posthumously award the RAF Community Plate as our way of saying how grateful we are.

“On behalf of Barnstaple and the town council, Dave, we thank and salute you for your unrivalled community spirit, enthusiasm and determination to make Barnstaple a better place.

“May those qualities live on within all those who seek to serve the town as a permanent tribute to you.”

Accepting the award on behalf of Dave’s family, his daughter Amy said: “He loved this community and seeing and hearing all the stories about his courage and selflessness from this community tonight; it’s no wonder why he loved it so much and took pride in Barnstaple and I can only hope to achieve half of what he did in his short life.

“Thank you on behalf of everyone who loved him.”