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Bury Free Press Community Awards 2021: Just a few days left to vote for your Community Heroes




With the 2021 Bury Free Press Community Awards drawing ever closer, you have just a few days left to vote for your everyday heroes.

The awards, which we are partnering on with Bury St Edmunds Town Council, will culminate in a grand ceremony at the Guildhall, Bury, on September 16, and are a celebration of individuals and groups who have contributed something positive to the town in some way, shape or form over the past year.

The awards up for grabs this year include: Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Best Event by a Community Group, Good Deed, Everybody Needs Good Neighbours, Eco Friendly, Best Community Group and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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

With polling closing on Monday, you have just a few days left to cast your votes.

Barry Peters, editor of the Bury Free Press, said: “There is limited time left so make sure you are getting your votes in for this year’s awards.

“There really is no better way to show your appreciation to those individuals and groups who have done something altruistic over the past year.

Barry Peters. Picture: Mark Westley.
Barry Peters. Picture: Mark Westley.

“Never has there been a greater time to say thank you to those who put others ahead of themselves.”

The 2021 Community Awards, held in association with Bury Town Council and sponsored by Treatt, were postponed after coronavirus struck last year. They follow on from the inaugural event in 2019.

As the weeks have gone on, winners from the 2019 event have shared their thoughts on why the awards were a badge of honour for them.

Sam Reid and Libby Ranzetta, who won the Good Neighbours Award for their efforts with the Bury Rickshaw, said the recognition was ‘fantastic’.

Libby Ranzetta (left) and Sam Reid (centre) with Richard Hope (right) of Treatt at the 2019 Community Awards. Picture: Mark Bullimore.
Libby Ranzetta (left) and Sam Reid (centre) with Richard Hope (right) of Treatt at the 2019 Community Awards. Picture: Mark Bullimore.

They said the awards ceremony at the Guildhall was great fun and a chance to learn about the other exciting projects being carried out across Bury.

Tom Murray, who won the Lifetime Achievement award, spoke of his pride at having been recognised.

And Ernie Broom, who won the Citizen of the Year award for his service to the Howard Estate, urged others to cast their votes as a way of simply saying thank you.

Ernie Broom, who won the Citizen of the Year award at the 2019 Bury Free Press Community Awards. Picture: Mecha Morton.
Ernie Broom, who won the Citizen of the Year award at the 2019 Bury Free Press Community Awards. Picture: Mecha Morton.

You have until Monday to vote. Go to: www.iliffemediapromotions.co.uk/bury-community-awards/

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