Former policeman named Citizen of the Year

Bideford Rotary Club has named public spirited former policeman Bob Elliott as its Citizen of the Year.

Cornishman Bob, 63, spent his working life as a policeman, including as a community sergeant in Torrington and Holsworthy and later as a custody officer at Barnstaple, before retiring in 1999.

Among a wide range of voluntary work, Bob has been particularly involved in helping young people with outdoor education, as an expedition assessor for Exmoor and Dartmoor Network, including helping in training for the Ten Tors expeditions, and as chairman of the Torridge area Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme.

He has also held office with Wouldcare, a project set up to support patients of the Wooda Surgery in Bideford, and has worked as a volunteer with the Bideford and District Community Archive, as a collector for the Poppy Appeal and the Royal National Institute for the Blind. He also helps to dispatch Christmas orders for the Children’s Hospice South West.

Rotarian John Garnsey said Bob had lived up to his motto: “ If I can help somebody as I go along, my living shall not be in vain.”

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