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A Bury St Edmunds stalwart has urged residents to recognise their everyday heroes by voting in the upcoming 2021 Community Awards.

Ernie Broom, who turns 85 today, is the current chairman of the Howard Estate Residents’ Association, and won the Citizen of the Year category at the inaugural Bury Free Press Community Awards in 2019.

He was recognised for his efforts in building community spirit and making the estate a better place to live through events like the monthly charity bingo fund-raiser.

Ernie Broom has urged residents to vote in the upcoming Bury Free Press Community Awards. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Ernie Broom has urged residents to vote in the upcoming Bury Free Press Community Awards. Picture: Mecha Morton.

And now Mr Broom is urging residents to make sure they have their say on who they think has made the community better in some way over the last year.

“It is really really important to vote,” he said.

“Because there are so many good people that have shown up during this pandemic.

Tom Murray and Ernie Broom, who both won awards at the Community Awards 2019. Picture: Mark Bullimore.
Tom Murray and Ernie Broom, who both won awards at the Community Awards 2019. Picture: Mark Bullimore.

“All it is is saying thank you, a recognition.” “We should be saying that all the time,” he added.

The Bury Free Press Community Awards 2021, to be held at the historic Guildhall, Bury, on September 16, are a celebration of everyday heroes who help the town in some way shape or form.

Winners from 2019 included the Bury Rickshaw, who won the Good Neighbours Award. They won for their dedication to helping the lonely and isolated in the town.

For Ernie, the awards this year are a perfect way to thank you to a select few members of the community that he said could be spotted every day.

Ernie Broom won the Citizen of the Year award at the 2019 Community Awards. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Ernie Broom won the Citizen of the Year award at the 2019 Community Awards. Picture: Mecha Morton.

“I was looking out the window the other day and there were kids with litter pickers so I said a big thank you,” he said.

Ernie said there were already a few candidates he had in mind to cast his votes for.

This year’s sponsor for the Citizen of the Year award is St Edmundsbury Wealth Management.

Ernie Broom with his Citizen of the Year award at the 2019 Community Awards, alongside Andrew Speed, managing director of St Edmundsbury Wealth Management. Picture: Mark Bullimore.
Ernie Broom with his Citizen of the Year award at the 2019 Community Awards, alongside Andrew Speed, managing director of St Edmundsbury Wealth Management. Picture: Mark Bullimore.

Andrew Speed, managing director, said: “In the past year many people will have made colossal contributions to the community in support of others.

“We are very proud to recognise one of these individuals as Citizen of the Year.”

To cast your votes for the Community Awards 2021, go to: www.iliffemediapromotions.co.uk/bury-community-awards/