Praise for Citizenship Award winners

Mayor's Day 2013 at Todmorden Town Hall. Bill Birch and Professor Grenville Turner, right, who was presented with an Honorary Citizen Award
Mayor's Day 2013 at Todmorden Town Hall. Bill Birch and Professor Grenville Turner, right, who was presented with an Honorary Citizen Award

Several people have been presented with citizenship awards for the contribution they have made to life in Todmorden and further afield.

For the first time in several years, the town council presented an Honorary Citizen of Todmorden Award.

The recipient was Professor Grenville Turner, a scientist who was a former pupil of Shade School and Todmorden Grammar School.

Now a consultant for NASA and a Fellow for the Royal Society, his work studying space rock has led to a clearer understanding of the development of the solar system.

Professor Turner said: “I would like to thank the town council for giving me this award.

“I wasn’t expecting anything like this to happen. It’s amazing.”

Coun David O’Neill, chairman of the town council’s citizenship award sub-committee, said: “We recognise the work and special achievemnts of Grenville Turner for promoting the township of Todmorden and taking the name of Todmorden outside the town.”

Sandra Peach received the Citizenship Award for Todmorden in recognition of her many years of dedicated work alongside adults with learning difficulties, encouraging awareness and integration into the local community.

She said: “It was quite a surprise.

“It was nice that it was from a nomination by members of the group and their families.

“It took a long time to get our Nightlife group off the ground, but thanks to several local organisations - Todmorden Welfare Trust, UCCA and the West Yorkshire Proceeds of Crime Fund - we have been successful in getting this group going.

“It’s going from strength to strength, thanks to all the people who turn up week after week and give their help unpaid.”

The Friends of Overgate Hospice Todmorden committee has raised more than £200,000 for the charity over the past 30 years.

Chairman John Cockcroft said it was a great honour to receive the Citizenship Award for Todmorden.

“It’s very gratifying,” he said.

He paid tribute to the volunteers who have given their time over the years to organise a variety of fundraising events to support the charity.

Coun O’Neill said: “The town council is really pleased to present these awards.

“It shows the regard we have for people who are doing such good work in the town.”