Two set to be honoured with town award

Flood warden Keith Crabtree
Flood warden Keith Crabtree

Two recipients of its Citizenship for Todmorden Award have been chosen by Todmorden Town Council.

Councillors unanimously agreed to approve the awards for Keith Crabtree and Rowena Goldthorpe, and both will be invited to receive their awards at the council’s annual Mayor’s Day, which this year is Saturday, May 16.

Retiring Mayor Coun Michael Gill will make the presentations before the commencement of the annual meeting on that day.

Keith Crabtree was nominated for his dedicated work as one of the Todmorden Flood Group Flood Wardens, said a town council spokeswoman.

“He was chosen because of his tireless efforts to protect the community from the devastating effects of flooding by being on hand at all hours of the day to give out advice and information, and divert traffic away from affected routes.

“Keith’s professional background in dealing with flood aftermaths, combined with his local knowledge and his commitment to the role, have been of great benefit to the town’s people, local business and shops in times of impending flooding,” she said.

Rowena Goldthorpe was selected for her many years as a volunteer in the town.

“Rowena was a member of the Scout and Guide movement in Todmorden for over 20 years, organising weekly meetings, providing various activities for younger children, extending to weekend camps away and numerous International trips abroad for older members.

“In the year 2000, Rowena took on the role of producer of the Todmorden Gang Show, bringing together over 80 members from the age of 5 to 60 years plus from the Calder Valley. Her work, including planning and rehearsals, provides several nights’ entertainment at the Hippodrome Theatre and creates business for the town.

“Rowena has been a volunteer at the theatre for over 12 years. She is also dedicated to raising money for many charitable causes including the UCCA charity, and MacMillan, based at Calderdale Royal Hospital,” said the spokeswoman.