TWO Special Constables have become the first recipients of new honours set up by Northam Town Council to acknowledge good works of people in the community. Roy Tucker and Marilyn Northcott were presented with the first Certificates of Merit for outstand

TWO Special Constables have become the first recipients of new honours set up by Northam Town Council to acknowledge good works of people in the community.Roy Tucker and Marilyn Northcott were presented with the first Certificates of Merit for "outstanding service to the local community" by Mayor of Northam Cllr Andrew Eastman.Local builder Roy has been a Special Constable for 32 years and Marilyn, a school kitchen manager, has been a Special Constable for 16 years.Both have served their patch covering Northam, Westward Ho! and Appledore, and also carried out a wide range of other duties across Torridgeside.Cllr Eastman said the council had collectively felt that both Specials should be honoured for their work and he was proud to present the certificates to them."Specials don't get any wages or retainers. They provide voluntary service to our community," he said. "We need in this current day to have police visibility on the beat to give people reassurance and for public safety. We are pleased because our Specials are there at every public event such as carnivals and parades."The certificates were the first to acknowledge good work in their community, but it was planned that there would be more, he said.