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Community invited to nominate Bury St Edmunds’ unsung heroes

Bury St Edmunds Town Council hosting their St Edmund's Day Awards and Allotments Awards Presentation at the town council offices.
 Councillor Frank Warby with Citizen of the Year joint winners Daniel Davis and Lynda Seldis and Young Citizen of the Year Jessica Davis and finalists. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Bury St Edmunds Town Council hosting their St Edmund's Day Awards and Allotments Awards Presentation at the town council offices. Councillor Frank Warby with Citizen of the Year joint winners Daniel Davis and Lynda Seldis and Young Citizen of the Year Jessica Davis and finalists. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

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Members of the community in Bury St Edmunds are being invited to nominate the town’s unsung heroes for a civic award.

Jessica Davies from Bury St Edmunds who won the town council's Young Citizen of the Year award. Picture: ANDY ABBOTTJessica Davies from Bury St Edmunds who won the town council's Young Citizen of the Year award. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Every year Bury St Edmunds Town Council, as part of its St Edmund’s Day celebrations, present civic awards for Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year.

The awards are being sponsored by the East Anglian Daily Times and its sister title the Bury St Edmunds Mercury.

Residents are nominated for the awards for the very valuable, and often unappreciated, work they do in their communities.

Last year’s joint winners of the Citizen of the Year award were Daniel Davis and Lynda Seldis, who both received a St Edmund medal.

Dan received his award after volunteering for the Bury St Edmunds Sea Cadets for the past 12 years – 10 as its commanding officer.

His work in raising the profile of the cadets as well as organising fundraising events saw him collect the award.

Lynda was also recognised for volunteering for various groups in the town over 42 years including Red Cross Therapeutic Care at West Suffolk Hospital, Eastgate Ward Community Association, Abbey Garden Friends, Bury Water Meadows Group, Bury in Bloom and St Nicholas Hospice gardens.

Jessica Davis scooped last year’s Young Citizen of the Year award and received the town council’s St Edmund Shield and prizes, which were donated by sponsors.

Jessica – described at the awards as an “amazing role model” – fundraises for a children’s charity and raises awareness of tuberous sclerosis, a rare condition her brother suffers from.

She was also a shortlisted finalist in the Inspirational Young Person of the Year category of the Raising the Bar awards last year.

Anyone who wishes to nominate someone for the awards – and you do not need to live in Bury St Edmunds to do so – needs to complete a nomination form.

The forms are available from the EADT/Mercury offices in Woolhall Street, the town council on Angel Hill or can be downloaded from the town council website by clicking here.

Forms must be returned by Wednesday, October 18, and shortlisted nominees will be invited to attend the awards on November 14.

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