Citizen of Honour Awards
The Bridlington Town Council have now awarded four Citizen of Honour awards to very deserving people. If you would like to nominate someone, please download the form below and submit it to the Town Council offices.
2017 Citizen of Honour - Pauline Gibson
Picture: Mrs Pauline Gibson, the Mayor and Town Councillors at the presentation at the Town Council’s Full Council meeting in March.
Over the last thirty-nine years of the existence of Bridlington Rangers Junior Football Club Mrs Pauline Gibson has worked tirelessly in many roles and her commitment and dedication is commendable.
The Executive Managers of Bridlington Rangers nominated Mrs Gibson to ensure that she is officially recognised for her fantastic undertakings on behalf of the Club.
The Bridlington Town Council had many very worthy shortlisted candidates for the award this year but they are truly honoured to be able to bestow this award to Mrs Pauline Gibson.
2016 Citizen of Honour - Ian Burdekin
Mr Ian Burdekin has undertaken charity work in Bridlington since 1995 and has raised thousands of pounds over the years for so many people and organisations including Candlelighters, Children in Need, East Riding Sports Association, Bridlington Lions Club, RSPCA Local Branches, Bridlington PDSA and Mencap. The list of people who have benefitted from Mr Burdekins fundraising seems endless but the total of his fundraising exceeds £25,000.
When not busy undertaking sponsored swims Ian is fund raising with raffles, tombolas and donating hampers to the RSPCA and the food bank in Bridlington.
His hard work was acknowledged in 2013 when he was awarded a British Empire Medal for his fundraising at Buckingham Palace.
A Citizen of Honour Award to Ian Burdekin is a thank you from the Bridlington Town Council in recognition of all the things he has done and continues to do for others in Bridlington and the local area.
2015 Citizen of Honour - Kathleen Brown
Kathleen Brown has recently stood down from being the chair of the Bridlington Kingfishers café. The café is a wonderful concept offering food, shelter, friendship and help to the homeless people in the area and when Kathleen took on the mantle of chair, the café was set up, but struggling financially and a rather had a low profile in the town. Now, with thanks to Kathleen’s endeavours, the café is on firm financial ground and is opening extra days of the week to provide hot meals to the homeless.
Kathleen has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of the Kingfisher café amongst the community as a whole and she has put the kingfisher café very much at the heart of the Bridlington community and put it into people’s hearts too. She has been at many local events over the last few years ensuring that the Kingfisher café is involved making links with other charities and offering assistance where it is required from cooking food to raise funds or simply lending a helping hand. Kathleen’s thoughtful input makes events more successful.
A Citizen of Honour award to Kathleen Brown is a thank you from the Town in recognition of all the things she does for others for free and the friendship she gives to the people of Bridlington is priceless and now recognised officially.
2015 Honorary Citizen Award - Janet Connelly
The working group unanimously chose Mrs Janet Connelly. The Councillors also felt that the work that the late Warwick Connelly did with the Christmas Day dip and how the family had continued his wonderful work to complete the 48th year was more than worthy of this award. The fact that the family will not organise the event ever again also made Mrs Janet Connelly the perfect choice for this year's award. The record breaking amount of money raised this year for local charities is remarkable and the Town Council would like take this opportunity to present Mrs Janet Connelly with the Honorary Citizen Award.
2014 Honorary Citizen Award - Wendy Brayshaw
Bridlington Town Council's first Honorary Citizen award goes to Wendy Brayshaw, who was nominated for her services to music within the town of Bridlington. Wendy is an expert musician and a dedicated teacher who believes music can enhance the quality of life for everybody who has a desire to participate and learn; all are welcome. She lives by the principle of total inclusion. Her commitment knows no bounds and she rejoices in any achievement, however small. Wendy is an amazing asset to Bridlington and a very worthy winner of the first Honorary Citizen award.
About the Citizen of Honour Award
The Citizen of Honour Award will be selected at a special meeting of all Councillors and decided on by a majority vote. The chosen Citizen of Honour will receive a framed certificate and plaque, with their name being recorded for posterity in a special book to be kept in the Town Council offices.
Citizens are eligible based on the following criteria:
- That they have lived and or worked in the parish of Bridlington for at least five years;
- That they have a nominee and a seconder with five sponsors;
- That they have made an outstanding contribution to the town.
Four citizens of honour will be chosen in each four-year Council cycle. The award is to be presented every March. Bridlington Town Council's Citizen of Honour Working Group consists of Councillors John Copsey, Terry Dixon, Shelagh Finlay, Jacqueline Foster and Mike Heslop-Mullens.
If you consider that you know someone who is worthy of being awarded a Bridlington Town Council Citizen of Honour Award please complete a form and provide details of reasons why you consider them appropriate. Completed application forms should be returned to the Council by the end of January to be considered for the award's presentation in March.