There was a large turnout by the people of Hunstanton for the mayoral reception hosted by Carol Bower at the resort’s Town Hall on Friday.
Also attending was the High Sheriff of Norfolk, Nicholas Pratt and mayors from neighbouring towns.
In a speech reviewing her year, Mrs Bower highlighted events that had brought the community together including Blossom Day at the Community Orchard, the Carnival, Allotments Open Day, Children’s Book Read, the Drama Festival, Christmas Panto, Christmas Swim, Christmas Cracker and Remembrance Day and she thanked all of the organisers of these events.
She said: “At the Freedom of the Town celebration in October I witnessed the evident enjoyment of the American Service Families of the USA 67th Special Operations Squadron, and I am pleased that our relationship with them will continue even after they leave England for Germany.”
“I was very proud to accept the Gold Britain in Bloom award on behalf of the town and can tell you that the glass brick is to be mounted on a plinth on the garden area in front of the Princess Theatre.”
Presenting a Community Award to Chris Durham, Operations Manager at the borough council for his contribution and leadership in the Hunstanton and Britain in Bloom competitions Mrs Bower said: “One of the privileges of being Mayor is to recognise publically some of the people who contribute so much to the community, and Chris has worked above and beyond the call of duty”
“We have an army of volunteers running clubs and associations in the town and without them life would not be so good. Pivotal to our In Bloom success is Pat Richardson who also receives a Community Award. Pat was nominated by David Elvidge for his outstanding contribution to the town including the swathe of flowers on Redgate Hill, his work with groups and planting teams, his Community Orchard Warden responsibilities and being a judge in the allotment competition.”
Brown Owl Sue Richardson and Tawny Owl Sarah Dennis Burrell received Community Awards for their work with the Brownies and the Mayor described the many activities that had been arranged for the girls of the 3rd Hunstanton group including the annual camp, days out, baking and their participation in the In Bloom project.
Thanking the staff of the Town Hall for their dedication, she congratulated Town Clerk Lisa Powell for winning the Clerk of the Year Award and Denise Hunt for her work in the Tourist Information Centre.
The Mayor’s address ended with thanks to Councillors, and in particular to Brian Devlin who is retiring at this election. His service over many years had included holding the position of Mayor four times and he has recently achieved the Rotary Paul Harris Award having completed 30 years of service to the community.
Concluding the formal part of the evening, a presentation of a cheque for £1,000 raised at the Le Strange Lodge’s Ladies’ Festival and BBQ was made to the 3rd Hunstanton Brownies.