VIDEO: Community’s unsung heroes celebrated

THE unsung heroes of Boston who give up their time to help the local community were given recognition for their hard work last week, when Boston Borough Council held its annual Community Service Awards.

Five people were honoured at this year’s ceremony, which took place on Wednesday, in what Boston Mayor Mary Wright described as ‘a very important event’.

Community services awards at Boston Borough Council.'L-R Marilyn Cobb - deputy mayoress, Albert Tebbs, Georgina Dransfield, David Pawson, Mary Wright - mayor of Boston, Virna Atkinson, Phyllis Pickett, Maureen Dennis - deputy mayor.

Community services awards at Boston Borough Council.'L-R Marilyn Cobb - deputy mayoress, Albert Tebbs, Georgina Dransfield, David Pawson, Mary Wright - mayor of Boston, Virna Atkinson, Phyllis Pickett, Maureen Dennis - deputy mayor.

The full council joined dozens of friends and family of the recipients at the Municipal Buildings for the event, which saw the following people rewarded for their service: Virna Atkinson, Georgina Dransfield, David Pawson, Phyllis Rickett and Albert Tebbs.

Council leader Peter Bedford told those gathered: “There are many unsung heroes, volunteer workers, charity fundraisers and organisations and clubs who give up their free time to ensure a better quality of life for others.

“These five recipients have all made a significant contribution for the benefit of their communities and we thank them all.”

Before accepting their awards, the recipients’ local councillor read out their nominations.

Coun David Witts put forward Virna Atkinson, for her work to help others in Wigtoft and her contribution to community life.

Upon accepting the award, Virna said: “I don’t think everything he said was really about me. It’s like my grandson’s first school report – it didn’t sound like him at all.”

Georgina Dransfield received an award for the contribution she makes to the village of Fishtoft. Coun Helen Staples told those gathered that she works hard cleaning the church and raising money for its upkeep. She is also a litter champion for the area.

Coun Peter Bedford spoke on behalf of fellow recipient David Pawson, who was put forward for his great service to Leverton Leisure Centre over the years.

David thanked the council for recognition and the leisure centre committee for their help, commenting: “I couldn’t do it by myself.”

Phyllis Rickett, of Swineshead, was also put forward for an award to mark her contribution to the parish church in Swineshead.

Coun Michael Brookes said she arranges fortnightly dances to raise funds for the church, as well as an annual event to ensure funding for lighting at the church, adding: “Phyllis has spent the best part of a lifetime working for Swineshead.”

Former councillor Albert Tebbs was the last person to be presented with an award for his tireless contribution to Wyberton Sports and Social Club.

Coun Richard Leggott said: “We are aware of all the work you have done for the community, as all your people are.”

Boston Mayor Coun Mary Wright said: “These people bring the community together. It’s nice to bring everybody together for one evening to recognise what they have done for the community.”