Time is running out for Pride in Fenland nominations as deadline looms this week
A man who gives up his time to help organise numerous events in a Fenland town has been nominated for this year's Pride in Fenland Awards.
Richard Exton, has been nominated in the Volunteer in the Community category, by Fenland Councillor Kay Mayor for his work in helping with Whittlesey events including the now world renowned Straw Bear Festival.
In her nomination Coun Mayor explains Mr Exton has been involved with the Straw Bear Festival since its revival 40 years ago. She said: "He works extremely hard throughout the year to ensure things are just right - ensuring the straw is at its best. He also goes along to various country fairs and festivals demonstrating the 'art' of making miniature straw bears."
He is also a "mainstay" of the Whittlesey Christmas Lights Committee. He is also an active member of Whittlesey in Bloom team and does running repairs where necessary and assists with the daily watering. Finally he is also the duck mascot for the Whittlesey mayor's charity duck race, and also assists at the summer festival and the Christmas Extravaganza.
If you know of someone like Richard, who is worthy of recognition in the area’s most prestigious community awards, you have just days to nominate in the following categories:
n Community group, club, organisation or charity that benefits the community
n Volunteer in the community
n Good neighbour
n Young citizen (carer or volunteer)
There is also the special judges award which is chosen from all of the nominations.
Closing date for nominations is Wednesday February 13, there was a form in last Wednesday's Citizen which you can complete and drop it into Fenland Hall, County Road, March, PE15 8NQ or nominations can also be made via the Fenland Council website.