Previous winners join Lord Mayor’s Award celebration

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Twenty years of the Lord Mayor’s Award were celebrated at a special event at the Beaney in Canterbury today (Wednesday 4 July).

Many previous winners of the awards joined the current Lord Mayor, Cllr Colin Spooner, and several former Lord Mayors for a morning of sharing stories and memories.

There have been more than 60 winners over the years, and between them they have thousands of volunteering hours on the clock, making a huge difference to their community or helping individuals.

In a speech, Cllr Spooner said: “It is fantastic to see so many previous winners here and I hope it is bringing back fond memories of the day you were all presented with your awards.

Cllr Spooner cuts the cake

“All of you share one thing in common, and that is the fact you work selflessly on behalf of others, be it an entire community or neighbourhood in some cases, or to help improve the lives of individuals in other cases. Whichever it is, we should look up to your diligence, motivation, enthusiasm and kindness towards others.”

Nominations are currently open for this year’s awards. There are no age limits and nominations are welcome from all walks of life. Nominees must live in Canterbury, Herne Bay, Whitstable or a village in the district. The deadline to put someone forward is Friday 13 July.

Nomination forms are available online, from city council offices, by calling the Lord Mayor’s office on 01227 862080 or by emailing lordmayor@canterbury.gov.uk.

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