Special award for two good citizens

Coun David O'Neill, left, Citizenship Award winners Jeffrey Hunter and Rod Wainwright, and retiring Mayor of Todmorden Coun Richard White
Coun David O'Neill, left, Citizenship Award winners Jeffrey Hunter and Rod Wainwright, and retiring Mayor of Todmorden Coun Richard White

THE winners of the Citizenship Award for Todmorden 2012 received their certificates during a special ceremony at the Mayor’s Day celebration on Saturday.

In his final act as Mayor of Todmorden, Coun Richard White presented the awards to Jeffrey Hunter and Rod Wainwright in recognition of their exceptional service to the town.

Mr Hunter has worked for Churches Together, especially the Youth Caravan, and has helped with the Kidsfest event for many years.

He was praised for his “caring and helpful attitude to everyone”.

Mr Hunter thanked the town council for selecting him as one of this year’s winners.

“I’m very honoured,” he said. “It’s a fantastic award.

“I thank Hilda Micock for putting my name forward and my wife and all the volunteers for their time and fantastic support they give.

“I feel guilty but because they are part of a team like me I am very happy to accept the award on their behalf.

“I give a massive thank you for all your support.”

Mr Wainwright has worked for Todmorden Lions for many years, as well as the Society for the Blind, the Talking Newspaper for Todmorden and various sports associations around the town.

“It’s a very proud moment,” he said.

“It’s very nice to have this recognition, especially as I’m an incumden. I came here in 1976 to be deputy head at Shade School and I have been involved in the community in many things for many years.”

Mr Wainwright paid tribute to the other members of the organisations he is involved with, saying their achievements have all been team efforts.

Coun David O’Neill, chairman of the award committee, said it was a privilege to announce Mr Hunter and Mr Wainwright as the winners.