Town council awards for people improving Bridlington

Bridlington Town Council presents cheques to local groups.
Bridlington Town Council presents cheques to local groups.

AWARDS were presented to people who have dedicated their time to improving Bridlington.

Councillor Michael Charlesworth, mayor of Bridlington, handed the awards out at the monthly meeting of Bridlington Town Council.

Ex-harbour master Chris Wright was presented with a plaque for his services to Bridlington, whilst Grange Farm received the top prize in the Bridlington Town Council Business in Bloom competition for the floral displays at its holiday cottages.

Coun Charlesworth’s daughter, Karen Stainforth, was made mayoress at the meeting, after his granddaughter had to leave the role to return to university.

He said: “It was a very good evening. I was pleased my daughter was installed as mayoress.

“I was delighted to present the awards, there was a cup to be won for the Business in Bloom award, and perhaps it will induce people to come here.

“It gives you pride in the town and the people that make these efforts contributing to the ambience of Bridlington.”

Mr Wright, who was harbour master from 1999 to 2012, said: “I was absolutely delighted, it was a really nice surprise.

“It was a great job, I have seen so many changes over the years, and I was able to put the pontoons in place before I retired.”

The award winning flowerbeds were planted by keen horticulturists, Jane and Richard Dibb who own Grange Farm Cottages.

Jane Dibb said: “I was absolutely delighted, we were thrilled to bits that our hard work had paid off. It is quite a lot of hard work but saying that, it makes the cottages and is appreciated by our customers.”

The town council also awarded Bridlington businesses and organisations with funding grants on Monday 1 October.

The Hinge Centre, a community welfare group, were given £250 to buy play equipment for their new children’s session, and Christ Church Music Festival were also given £250 to support the East Coast Music Festival.

Other groups to benefit were: West Hill Community Services, who were given £317.95 to provide a sun canopy for a covered outdoor area; RE Action Group, who applied for funding to cover the printing costs of the worksheets used by their children’s group, received £50; PAGER were given £250 to enable them to continue providing their services to the over 50s and Emmanuel Playgroup were granted £300 to contribute to their annual rental bill.

A host of sports groups were also awarded with grants; for more information turn to the back page.