Two social groups which have had a big impact on Todmorden life will receive Honorary Citizenship on Mayor’s Day, Saturday, May 10.
At a recent meeting of the full Todmorden Town Council, members unanimously approved the two winners to receive a Citizenship Award for Todmorden 2014.
They will receive their awards at the annual Mayor-Making ceremony, when Coun Michael Gill, who represents Stansfield Ward, will take over from retiring Mayor Coun Jayne Booth.
Coun Booth will make the presentations before handing over the role of the town’s leading citizen to Coun Gill.
This year, Citizenship of Todmorden awards will be given to Todmorden in Bloom and Oak Todmorden, both of which have had a big impact on the quality of life for the town’s citizens.
Todmorden In Bloom volunteers have ensured the town has made gold standard in the Yorkshire In Bloom awards and their work has meant Todmorden has also represented the county in national finals.
They were nominated for their dedicated work bringing beautiful floral displays into the town for the enjoyment of townsfolk and visitors alike. The group of volunteers have, for many years, created colourful and artistically designed flower beds and arrangements across the three valleys.
OAK Todmorden are a small group of enthusiastic volunteers who work to improve the health and wellbeing of people over 50 in Todmorden. They were chosen because of the many opportunities they offer to the over 50’s to socialise, join in dance groups, exercise to music classes, and many other activity events.
The Citizenship of Todmorden award recognises the important social role groups like these contribute to the quality of the town’s life.
It is a different award to the Honorary Citizenship, given out rarely to individuals and last awarded to Professor Grenville Turner.