Businesses shine in Civic Awards

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UNSUNG heroes from Matlock were honoured for their achievements in the community at this year’s Mayor’s Civic Awards.

Matlock mayor Steve Flitter presented 13 worthy winners with scrolls of honour at a ceremony in St Giles Church.

Cllr Flitter said he was keen to highlight the town’s successful business bosses, at the annual ceremony.

He added: “Civic Awards are very important to honour the people in the town who have shown community spirit. This year I have decided that businesses deserve a pat on the back because very often many people forget the risks local businesses take to create wealth and provide work in the town.”

Civic Awards were presented to Irfan Shabir, of Maazi Restaurant, David and Sheila Allen of William Twigg, Alan and Lynn Baxter, of Tinkers Sandwich Bar, Robin Farmer of C Farmer and Son, David, June and Sheila Goward of W Evans and Son and Richard Short of Regent House Tea Rooms.

Cllr Flitter said: “Many of these are family firms who have been in Matlock for years.

“Without these businesses and entrepreneurs the town would not have so much vitality.

“There are lots of new businesses coming in to Matlock now and they really need a town that is community minded.”

The ceremony, on Sunday March 20, also saw Keith Brown, secretary of Matlock Town Football Club presented with a Civic Award for his years of service and dedication to the club.

Merit Awards were given to Connor Sims, Jamie Ferguson, Alex Lawton, Aidan Mernagh, Thomas Mernagh and Lee Brant.

The teenagers are all members of Matlock Boys Brigade and have successfully completed their Duke of Edinburgh’s awards.