Council green lights award

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A NEW award to honour people from outside of Hunmanby who benefit the village is set to be introduced.

Hunmanby Parish Council voted unanimously to introduce an ‘Honorary Citizen’ award at the council meeting on Wednesday night.

It will be bestowed annually on people who don’t reside in the village, but play a big part in village life.

A similar award already exists in Filey, and the idea was borrowed from the town after the Chairman of Hunmanby Council, Cllr Michelle Donohue-Moncrieff, met recipients at a recent Civic Service.

She said: “There’s no real expense to the award, it’s purely a way of giving a bit of recognition to people who do a lot of work in the community.”

Plans for the award are still in the formative stages, however some proposals included inviting nominations from the public. Nominees would then feature in the parish magazine for the public to vote on.

A suggestion was also made to bestow the first accolade on recently resigned councillor Eddie Flory, although the council were in favour of keeping the award outside of council circles.

Cllr Phillip Todd backed the award, saying “I think it’s a great idea. It will make people here proud.”