Kirton man honoured in awards

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A VOLUNTEER from Kirton has been named as one of Lincolnshire’s community heroes in this year’s Good Citizens’ Awards.

James Vickers (33) scooped the Citizen of the Year Award for his voluntary work with three community groups: the Frampton Community Playgroup, the Beaver Scouts and Boston Rugby Club.

James was honoured alongside 15-year-old Jake Beaty from Welbourne, and Boston war veterans Frank Thompson and Les Budding.

The awards follow three-months of nominations from the public for those whose voluntary contributions have had an extraordinary impact on communities.

Jake won the Young Citizen of the Year Award for his community work, meanwhile, war veterans Frank Thompson and Les Budding took the Community Group of the Year Award for establishing a memorial garden honouring Boston’s fallen heroes.

Lincolnshire County Council chairman Coun Robert Palmer said: “The awards were set up to recognise people whose voluntary contributions make extraordinary differences to others. Jake, James, Frank and Les are fantastic examples of that.

“More than 80 nominations were received this year. And it’s a testament to each of the winners that they won among such tough competition.”

The winners were presented with a certificate and £50 (£75 for the community group).