West Norfolk community stalwarts honoured for dedicated service
Two West Norfolk community stalwarts have been recognised for their efforts to help make the places they live in better for everyone.
Mayor’s Special Awards have been presented to Kerry Robinson and Michael Kennedy on behalf of West Norfolk’s civic head, Geoff Hipperson.
Mr Hipperson also recorded special video messages to coincide with the socially distanced presentations, which took place on Thursday and Friday.
Mrs Robinson is one of the leading figures in the Angels of Lynn Facebook group, which has stepped up to support people in need throughout the coronavirus crisis.
Her award was presented by the Springwood ward councillor, Jo Rust, who said she was “honoured” to take part on the Mayor’s behalf.
She said: “This page has provided the local community with opportunities to help people and to receive help.
“It has helped promote and support independent local business and has enabled children, and their families, to access learning opportunities that would otherwise have been missed.
“There are so many who deserve recognition for their amazing work during the pandemic, and Kerry is up there on the top of that list.”
Mr Hipperson said he was disappointed not to be able to present the award personally.
Meanwhile, Mr Kennedy has become a well known figure in Hunstanton for his efforts to pile-up stones from the town’s beach over the past 27 years.
He has done it in part to strengthen the town’s famous sandwich-style cliffs, earning himself pride of place in a calendar of people’s dullest hobbies!
Mr Hipperson told him: “These days, when some people treat public places with disdain, I’m so pleased to be able to acknowledge your efforts.”
His award was presented by Carol Bower, one of Hunstanton’s two ward councillors and herself a former town and borough Mayor.
She said: “Many of us see Michael clearing the beach and appreciate his community spirit.
“I’m delighted to see the many years of care that has been given keeping our beach clean and beautiful.”