Community volunteers are honoured as county’s finest

Good Citizens

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COMMUNITY heroes from the area have been recognised in this year’s Good Citizens Awards.

James Vickers, from Kirton and Boston War Veterans Committee members Frank Thompson and Les Budding were nominated fr the part they’ve played making Lincolnshire a county to be proud of during three months of nominations from the public.

Good Citizens

Good Citizens

James, 33, recieved the Citizen of the Year Award for his work with the Frampton Community Playgroup, the Beaver Scouts and Boston Rugby Club - including training his son Alex, eight.

He works as a software engineer full-time.

He said: “There are a lot of people in Lincolnshire who give up their free time for the benefit of others, and I do not feel different to any of them.

“All I can say is that volunteering and seeing that your free time can make a difference is incredibly rewarding.”

Frank and Les took the Community Group of the Year Award for establishing a memorial garden honouring Boston’s fallen heroes.

The garden at the war memorial, now known as Veterans Way, in Wide Bargate, Boston, has a total of 40 plaques.

Korean War veteran Frank said: “We wanted to do this to honour all of the ex-servicemen and women of the two world wars and subsequent conflicts who sacrificed so much for the freedom we all enjoy today.”

Lincolnshire County Council chairman Coun Robert Palmer said: “The Good Citizens Awards were set up to recognise people whose voluntary contributions make extraordinary differences to others. Jake, James, Frank and Les are fantastic examples of that.

“Their efforts show what can be achieved when communities pull together and I want to thank each of them for the part they’ve played.”

The winners were presented with a special certificate and £50 (£75 for the community group) in recognition of their work at the Lincolnshire Show.