Top Marks for Retired Teacher in Competition; Judges Praise 'Exceptional Individual'

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Byline: Tony Henderson

RETIRED teacher James Dobson is a lesson to others in how to improve life in a local community - and now he has been honoured for his efforts.

At the Northumbria in Bloom awards in Saltburn yesterday, Mr Dobson, 68, from Prudhoe, in Northumberland, was given the accolade of outstanding contribution by a private individual. He was nominated by Prudhoe Town Council, which said: "He is an active member of the Bloom working group and his contribution is passionate.

"James put forward the idea for a stone seat and planter at the west end of the town, acquired the stone, oversaw the funding, the construction and the planting.

"As founder and organiser of Prudhoe Ground Force, James has taken the lead on a great number of initiatives, including clearing litter and tidying up the more neglected areas of the town.

"He is an active member of the Friends of Prudhoe Woods group who promote the conservation and preservation of woodlands, wildlife and the countryside in and around Prudhoe."

Town council chairman Jennifer McGee said: "We think he is an exceptional individual who is very tenacious and just gets on quietly with all the work he does."

James was deputy head teacher at Throckley First School in Newcastle for 30 years. …