Pair honoured for services to town

TWO well-known Filonians were awarded the title of "honorary citizen" in a special ceremony at Filey Town Council.

Salvation Army stalwart Albert Skinner and long-serving town councillor David Murton were both presented with a framed "scroll of honour", which does not entitle them to any special privileges, but is purely for merit.

Filey mayor Cllr David Hudghton said he was honoured to perform the duty and paid tribute to both recipients, whom he described as "very quiet, humble men – who have each in their own different ways committed themselves to the community of Filey, and the council wishes to recognise their outstanding achievement in doing so".

It is the first time the town council has conferred such a title, although it is believed there may have been a precedent in the 18th century.

Albert Skinner came to Filey in 1947 when he married his wife Lucy and joined the local Salvation Army. Cllr Hudghton said: "During his life Albert has always shown kindness, compassion and a caring attitude to other people, always giving a smile and a word for residents of his community and willing to spend time with them, something that we all have so little of these days."

Cllr David Murton started his career as a councillor 40 years ago at the age of 24, believing it was time that the Urban District Council had more young people among its members.

Cllr Hudghton said: "Cllr Murton has shown dedication and commitment to his town and its community and is well respected by both his colleagues and the people of Filey."

The presentation was attended by town and county councillors, officers, members of both men's families, Filey town crier David Bull and guests, and was followed by a light buffet prepared by town clerk Gina Robinson and Cllr Marion Wright.

More awards will be made in the future, with a roll of honour placed in the town council chamber.