THE latest round of the Pride in Ilfracombe Awards has seen another first as two members of the same family received an accolade. Elizabeth Dymond and her daughter Sue Ayres both won awards for their dedication and service to Ilfracombe branch of St John
THE latest round of the Pride in Ilfracombe Awards has seen another first as two members of the same family received an accolade.Elizabeth Dymond and her daughter Sue Ayres both won awards for their dedication and service to Ilfracombe branch of St John Ambulance.Her work with the organisation and in particular the St John's Badgers group for younger members earned Elizabeth the Services to Youth award, while Sue was chosen for the Length of Service award following her extraordinary commitment to St John since the age of 11.They joined others nominated by people in the town for their services to the community: Ken Burden, Chris Knox, Margaret Richmond, Ron Holman and Reg Spurway.Handing out the awards in one of his last public engagements as Mayor, Councillor John Swan said the double presentation was a real first for the Pride awards. It also made a triple commendation for the Dymond family, as proud husband and dad Mike had recently received a commendation from the Mayor for 25 years of service on behalf of the town council.Margaret Richmond was honoured for Services to the Neighbourhood category - unstinting work in the TLC charity shop, often out of hours helping deliver or collect furniture.Reg Spurway won the Voluntary Service award for his "unerring commitment" to the Community Transport Group, driving the community bus to help those who might otherwise be housebound.Ron Holman's honour was for Services to Sports Development for his volunteer work as groundsman at Ilfracombe Football Clubr.The Helping our Environment award went to Chris Knox for transforming the churchyard of Ilfracombe Parish Church from overgrown wilderness to tidy memorial garden. The Citizen of the Year for John Swan's tenure as Mayor will be announced tomorrow (Thursday) at 7pm in the Council Chamber and before he hands over to the new mayor.