Pat on the back for volunteers at the Pride of Fenland Awards

Julie Randall with Chatteris Royal British Legion Youth Section members, who won the judges' award
Julie Randall with Chatteris Royal British Legion Youth Section members, who won the judges' award

Dedicated volunteers who put in hours of selfless work to improve the district’s communities were honoured during the annual Pride of Fenland Awards.

Hundreds of people gathered in The Boathouse in Wisbech on Thursday to watch as our unsung heroes got a well-earned pat on the back.

Cheers rung out when Chatteris Royal British Legion’s Youth Section were announced as winners of the Judges’ Award.

Youngsters and their leader Leah Templeman have been working hard in Chatteris to ensure the town’s men who were killed in the First World War are remembered along with other important projects.

Delighted Leah said: “It is amazing – we’ve only be running 16 months.”

Walsoken pensioner Cyril Snushell was presented with the good neighbour title while Wisbech’s Rose Fair Committee took the group award.

Pollyanna Edwards, a hard-working Thomas Clarkson Academy pupil, received the young citizen award.

The awards are run by Fenland District Council in conjunction with the Fenland Citizen to highlight the good work which is quietly running in the area.

Mike Cornwell, cabinet member for communities, compered the evening.

He said: “It has been a wonderful evening and very well supported.

“We have had a tremendous quality of nomination and it does show what a great place Fenland is and how important volunteering is.

“ A community can’t exist without volunteering.”

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