Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Meet the Pick of Our Heroes

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Meet the Pick of Our Heroes

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Byline: Dave Robson

Local heroes on Teesside have been honoured for their unsung contributions to the communities where they live.

Each year, Redcar and Cleveland councillors nominate people they feel deserve a civic pat on the back. And this year's 15-strong batch provided a snapshot of everything that's good about Tees Pride.

From fundraising to clearing up an old graveyard, it was voluntary work in all its guises.

And without it, several communities across the borough would be much worse off.

Award winners received their prizes from Redcar and Cleveland Mayor Norah Cooney in a ceremony at Eston Town Hall.

One, Richard White, of Scarborough Street, South Bank, is regarded as a voluntary park-keeper, tidying the Millennium Green and keeping a watching brief on the Harcourt Road playing field.

And keeping the streets litter-free has become something of a mission. Mr White, 70, said: "I used to moan about the litter, so I thought I'd do something about it.

"I'm always picking up litter from the street, the green and the playing field. Since I started, there doesn't seem to be as much litter around. Hopefully, I'm encouraging others to do likewise.

"I've lived here all my life and it has gone downhill in the past 15 years, but a lot of people do a good job and once they get the housing sorted out, it will be all systems go."

Other award winners:

Joan Dales, of New Marske: Has run a community prize bingo for 23 years. Donates proceeds to pensioners' groups for parties and summer trips.

Pat Denney, of Redcar: She is chairman of Redcar Business Association, chairman of governors at Zetland School, a member of Coatham Community Forum and Redcar Town Centre Management.

Eston Residents Association: Achievements include planting and maintaining flower tubs in Eston Square, fundraising for annual Christmas celebration and producing free newsletter for 3,000 homes. …

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