Citizen of the year to be found in Axminster


    NOMINATIONS for the inaugural Robin Cross Citizen of the Year Award are set to open next month.

    Mr Cross, who was known for his selfless community spirit and dedication to Axminster, died suddenly in April at the age of 68.

    He spent more than 25 years with the Special Constabulary, rising to the rank of Special Inspector, and was affectionately known as The Sheriff of Axminster.

    Mr Cross was very passionate about all things Axminster and volunteered his time to help many local organisations and causes.

    Members of Axminster Town Council felt that a permanent mark of respect for Mr Cross and his devotion to the town would be in order.

    Town mayor Cllr Jeremy Walden proposed an annual award for citizen of the year.

    In a motion for the September meeting of the council, he said: “This would be in the form of a shield with the recipient’s name engraved on it.

    “It would be accompanied by a cheque for £100 payable to the charity of the recipient’s choice.

    “I have secured a three-year sponsorship for the money from Archant Publishing.

    “I would suggest that at our October meeting we ask for nominations from the public for someone – who is not a councillor – who has given time and effort to the community over the year.

    “Nominations would be open until November 30th and we would decide at our December meeting who should receive the award, with the presentation taking place at our January meeting.”

    Councillors agreed and more information is expected in October.


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