Ilfracombe honours its unsung heroes

Standing room only at the annual Pride in ilfracombe Awards

HARD-WORKING community members have been honoured for their dedication at the annual Pride in Ilfracombe Awards.

The awards at a packed council chamber in the Ilfracombe Centre saw headteacher Christine Thompson named as Citizen of the Year for her sterling devotion and guidance at Ilfracombe Infants School.

The accolades created by Ilfracombe Town Council pay tribute to those whose work and commitment to the town has made a difference to the community.

Categories range from services to youth and the voluntary sector to helping the environment, length of service, neighbourhood regeneration and customer service.

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It was a combined ceremony for August 2010 and April 2011 winners, who are: Mark Roberts, Trisha, Sue Mulcahy, Walkers Chocolate Emporium, Tony Alcock, Terry Elliott, Barbara Clarke, Ruth Wand, Christine Thompson, Liz Reynolds, Lee Baxendale, Sarah Henderson, Turton’s Butchers.

Mrs Thompson has been at the infant school for 25 years and headteacher for 11.

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Her Positive Influence and Citizen of the Year awards recognise the heights it has reached, rated as outstanding by Ofsted and reaching the finals of the Times Educational Supplement Primary School of the Year. Mrs Thompson was named South West region primary headteacher of the year for 2007 at the national Teaching Awards.

“I am proud to win the award and be part of the Ilfracombe community – it’s a wonderful town to live in,” she said.

“This is not just for me, but for the whole school community, because it is working together that helps the school to be an outstanding place.”

Another example was Sarah Henderson, whose Dedicated Carer award recognised that alongside caring for two sons with autism, she managed to find time to volunteer as a driver for the blind club and walk an elderly neighbour’s dog.

In his last civic function as Mayor, Councillor Bob Thompson said it was the council’s pleasure to acknowledge the contribution the winners had made:

“They are unsung heroes and an integral part of what makes Ilfracombe tick and such a successful community,” he said.

* CLICK on the link on the top right of this page for the full list of winners and their citations.

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