Council duo win national award

From left, Mayoress Sheila Kettlewell, Irene Webster, Mayor of Scarborough Cllr Hazel Lynskey and Christine Sherburn.

From left, Mayoress Sheila Kettlewell, Irene Webster, Mayor of Scarborough Cllr Hazel Lynskey and Christine Sherburn.

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A SCARBOROUGH Council duo have received national recognition for their outstanding civic work in the town.

Irene Webster and Christine Sherburn picked up silver in the Civic Office of the Year Awards in honour of their support and assistance with the borough’s mayoral commitments.

The council’s civic office highlights work by Scarborough’s mayor across the country and scored tops marks in the awards - handed out by the National Association of Civic Officers - for their innovation, cost effectiveness and promotional activities.

Mrs Webster has been in the role for 11 years working with 12 different mayors and alongside Mrs Sherburn helped organise this year’s Borough’s Big Thank You Awards.

She said: “As a small team with responsibility for a very busy mayoral calendar, I am pleased that we have been recognised on a national level.

“We are constantly striving to provide a cost effective service that benefits the council and the local community, which is why developing partnerships to help deliver key community events is so important and helps to avoid additional costs to the council.

“Without the partnerships created with Scarborough Evening News, British Legion, Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers, South Bay Traders, Rotary Club of Scarborough, Yorkshire Coast College and many others, it would not be possible to host major events such as the Borough’s Big Thank You Awards, Armed Forces Day and Mayor’s Ball.

“I would also like to thank my colleague Christine for her excellent support; we have worked so well together and I will really miss her when she retires in April.”

Scarborough mayor Cllr Hazel Lynskey encouraged the duo to enter the award and said she was thrilled their work had been recognised.

She added: “I have experienced at first hand how Irene and Christine maintain the smooth running of the mayoral service while at the same time giving unstinting support to myself and the deputy mayor in the unpaid work we do in the local community.

“I am delighted that they have been officially recognised for the excellent work they do; the award is very well deserved and I know they are justifiably proud of what they have achieved.