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Cromer honours its unsung heroes

PUBLISHED: 16:31 09 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:55 13 July 2010

UNSUNG heroes of community life, from carers to carnival workers, will be praised at the annual Cromer Honours awards.

Among them is Brian Lodge, who combines working for a wine and beer company with caring for his wife Joanne who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

UNSUNG heroes of community life, from carers to carnival workers, will be praised at the annual Cromer Honours awards.

Among them is Brian Lodge, who combines working for a wine and beer company with caring for his wife Joanne who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

He also raises hundreds of pounds for the MS Society and has done a sky dive and street collections.

Mr Lodge, who was praised for being “fully committed” in his nomination, also runs the line for the East Coast Eagles youth football team, and plays for Cromer Veterans.

Other honours will go to:

David Barwick - a council cleaner who keeps opens spaces such as parks, paths and the churchyard clear of litter, working seven days a week in summer - “always with a smile on his face.”

Paul Brooks - a long-serving member of the carnival committee and Cromer Football Club, who did a 100-mile charity cycle ride last year and “always gives 100pc”.

Geoffrey Burdett - a tireless supporter of many local organisations and charities, including youth and sport, all done with no publicity at his request, and who will be “embarrassed to receive this award”.

Les Frary - who has been involved in local football since he was a boy. He has been club trainer at Cromer Town for many years, and “devoted many hours to the benefit of Cromer youngsters”.

Madge Parsons - long-serving worker at the cancer charity shop, who has two daughters affected by cancer, and who also collects things to sell and make more money for Cancer Research.

Larry Randall - a former long-serving town, district and county councillor who has been involved with many other organisations and charities. A “Mr Cromer who puts service before self”.

Cromer Preservation Society - for its work in promoting the built heritage of the town, including getting 14 buildings listed, and providing guidebooks and regular newsletters.

Cromer Junior School's staff and pupils - for 30 years support of the town's Christmas lights scheme, by creating 200-300 advertising posters each year.

The honours will be presented during the annual town open day and meeting on Thursday, April 17. Following a day of exhibitions from 11.30am in the parish hall, the awards will be presented by mayor Phil Harris during the town meeting, starting at 7.30pm, where people can also put questions to town councillors on local issues.

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