Bungay teenagers and retired bus driver honoured at awards ceremony

Mayor of Bungay John Groom with Bungay High School pupil Brandon Ling, the recipient of the Bungay S

Mayor of Bungay John Groom with Bungay High School pupil Brandon Ling, the recipient of the Bungay Sports Personality of the Year at the Bungay Town Council Civic Awards evening. Credit: Bungay Town Council - Credit: Bungay Town Council

A retired bus driver and two Bungay High School pupils have been honoured in an annual awards evening.

Mayor of Bungay John Groom with Derek Abbey, the recipient of the Civic Award at the Bungay Town Cou

Mayor of Bungay John Groom with Derek Abbey, the recipient of the Civic Award at the Bungay Town Council Civic Awards evening. Credit: Bungay Town Council - Credit: Bungay Town Council

Bungay Town Council held its annual Civic Awards evening on Friday, with the awards presented by the town's mayor John Groom.

The first prize of the evening was the Trevor Collyer Cup which is presented to young people who make a contribution in sport, school or the community.

This was given by family and friends in memory of the former badminton player Trevor Collyer.

It was awarded to Emma Rusted, who over the last year has showed outstanding commitment to volunteering, not only with school, but in the wider community.

Mayor of Bungay John Groom with Bungay High School pupil Emma Rusted, the recipient of the Trevor Co

Mayor of Bungay John Groom with Bungay High School pupil Emma Rusted, the recipient of the Trevor Collyer cup at the Bungay Town Council Civic Awards evening. Credit: Bungay Town Council - Credit: Bungay Town Council


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She has regularly led sessions for Bungay High School's netball club and also helps out with athletics tournaments in school and volunteers at a dance group and her local Rainbows group.

Next up was the Benzant Cup award for the Bungay Sports Personality of the Year.

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The trophy was first presented in 1980, using a trophy first given for sporting events to a J H Benzant.

The award was presented to fellow Bungay High School student Brandon Ling.

Mr Ling is a member of the Bungay Cricket Club first team, captain of the Sunday cricket team and has been appointed vice captain of the Bungay Cricket Club's first eleven for the next season. He is also the regular goalkeeper for Bungay Town FC Saturday reserves team.

The final award, the Civic Award, was set up by Bungay Town Council in 1998 and recognises those doing valuable, dedicated and often unsung work in the community. It was awarded this year to Derek Abbey, a retired bus driver living in the town.

Over many years he has used his considerable knowledge of the transport system to get the best deal on the services the town receives from the local bus companies. He also designed the large, easy to understand timetable in the centre of town which has been recognised nationally.

Most recently, he has negotiated with First buses to bring their service back to the town.

Do you have a Bungay story? Email kieran.lynch@archant.co.uk

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