Mayor’s Commendations in Cromer Honours List

Mayor Tim Adams hosted the Annual Town meeting at packed Cromer Community Hall. Money was handed out raised by donations during New Year’s Day Fireworks, to local organisations and charities.

Recognition was also give to all of those who work in the community to enhance the quality of life of the town and its residents.

Tim Adams said “It’s so important to recognise those unsung heroes who do everything from volunteer in the community, to clocking up years of service in our emergency services”

Guest speakers included Simon Page from Titanium Fireworks who delivered a fascinating presentation. He explained why the initial display was cancelled on New Years Day due to safety concerns, It was rescheduled a week later. After viewing a short video the audience were appreciative of their professionalism.

Titanium also received rapturous applause for the breathtaking displays. In a very short time the company has grown into one of the largest display companies in the UK.

Most notably at the end of 2014 we were responsible for delivering the 20th Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony of Glasgow 2014, London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.

The prestigious Mayor’s Commendation award in the Cromer Honours List for outstanding and lasting contribution to Cromer went to Tony West.

Tony West, described as the spirit of Cromer Carnival, spent his life supporting the annual spectacular until his death aged 54 last year.

He regularly gave up his holidays to organise the summer festival’s children’s activity weeks. He also attended Cromer Boxing Day Dip and helped arrange the Grove Road Christmas Lights display.

The emotional presentation was received by Tony’s wife Amanda who received a standing ovation.

Cromer and Sheringhams QJ and J Preservation Group also received a Mayor’s Commendation for its hard work and fundraising which secured the restoration and preservation of the hull of a fishing boat belonging to RNLI Coxswain Henry Blogg, who became a national hero.

Cromer Academy’s deputy head girl, Ellen Hedge, was presented with the Cromer Mayor’s Youth Award for her commitment to the school and community. She organised the shoe box appeal to send presents to some of the world’s poorest children.

Ellen has also volunteered at Cromer library for more than three years to support the children’s summer reading challenge.

Other Honours were presented to local life-saver Michael Lord, a paramedic around Cromer for about 30 years; lifeboat operations manager Richard Leeds for his support of local events; Janice and Jim Woolston, who run a regular bingo evening for retired people at Meadow Close apartments; Age Concern volunteer and library helper Ann North-Graves for giving her time to others so freely; and Cromer Carnival’s security team.

Money raised during the New Year fireworks display was presented as follows: Cromer Community Association – £500; Cromer Christmas Lights volunteers – £500; Cromer war memorial restoration group – £400; Cromer Mardlers at Cromer Museum – £200; Cromer VEO art week – £300; Cromer VEO security – £150; Age Concern North Norfolk – £500; Norfolk Accident Rescue Service – £500; Seaview Pre-School – £500.