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Bury Free Press Community Awards 2021: How award was a source of pride for one winner




As the 2021 Bury Free Press Community Awards fast approach, the winner of the Lifetime Achievement category at the inaugural event has shared his thoughts on why they are important for the town.

The awards, which celebrate people who have contributed something positive over the past year, climax with a ceremony at the Guildhall, in Bury, on September 16.

Tom Murray, of Bury, who has donated millions to charity over the years, won the Lifetime Achievement award at the 2019 event.

Tom Murray with his Lifetime Achievement Community Award. Picture: Mark Westley.
Tom Murray with his Lifetime Achievement Community Award. Picture: Mark Westley.

He said the awards had made him ‘proud’ of his efforts.

“I was very pleased to be alongside Ernie (Broom) because I have worked alongside him, and I think the awards are a big boost for volunteers and it’s quite touching really,” he said.

Mr Murray, 77, has lived an illustrious life, photographing some of the biggest stars in pop culture, including The Beatles.

Tom said winning his award was a great source of pride. Picture: Mark Westley.
Tom said winning his award was a great source of pride. Picture: Mark Westley.

He has lived in Bury since his late fifties, and was recently elected to Bury Town Council.

“Bury St Edmunds is very lucky,” he said.

“It’s an amazing town, it hits above its food group.

“It’s got fantastic pubs and restaurants.”

All the winners from the 2019 Bury Free Press Community Awards. Picture: Mark Bullimore.
All the winners from the 2019 Bury Free Press Community Awards. Picture: Mark Bullimore.

The sponsor for the Lifetime Achievement category at this year’s Community Awards is Ashtons Legal.

Alan Brown, the Bury-based deputy CEO of the company, said: “It is excellent news that the Community Awards are taking place again this year and we are delighted to be sponsoring the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Bury St Edmunds is very fortunate to have such a strong community feel to the town and surrounding villages.

"There are so many excellent initiatives taking place to improve the lives of others and the environment in which we live.

“As a result there is also a wide range of people living, working or volunteering locally who could potentially be nominated for this category so I’m excited to see who makes the short list and feel privileged to be involved in the award ceremony to recognise the worthy winner.”

To vote, go to: www.iliffemediapromotions.co.uk/bury-community-awards/

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