Cromer honours its unsung heroes

A man who cherishes Cromer's past, and has helped shape its future, is among the unsung heroes being honoured by the town.

Peter Stibbons is well-known in the area for the Victorian 'magic lantern' slide shows he presents on local history.

But he also chaired Cromer's regeneration committee when it strove to breath new life into the resort in the 1990s.

Mr Stibbons, a former teacher who also worked for Anglia Television, is the president of the town's chamber of trade, administrative officer for the local lifeboat station, chairman of the Cromer Museums committee, a governor at Paston Sixth Form College and president elect of the Cromer and Sheringham Rotary Club.

He is also regularly seen around town taking photographs and video of local events for the archives.

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His unstinting efforts will be recognised as the town council hands out this year's batch of Cromer Honours later this week at the annual town meeting.

They seek to reward the work done in the community by individuals and groups which enhances the quality of life of the town and its residents, much of which goes unrecognised.

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Other winners this year are:

June Stott - a volunteer with the Cromer Community and Hospital Friends who has helped in the hospital's fund-raising efforts since 1992.

Eileen Bond - a cheerful and willing volunteer since 1995 at the hospital's Coffee Corner area which will not be continuing in the new hospital.

Jules Gurney - a popular practice nurse at Cromer Group Practice doctors' surgery who has clocked up 28 years service.

Peter and Lynda Moore - the couple litter pick in the Roughton Road area and maintain a flower tub on Roughton Road station platform. Mr Moore also helps with volunteer speedwatch patrols.

David Stow - who is retiring after 40 years with HM Coastguard rescue team in Cromer, including 32 as station officer,

Ian (Fred) Winterbone - who despite his own disability chairs disabled committees throughout Norfolk and beyond.

The recipients will get their accolades from mayor Greg Hayman at the annual meeting on Friday March 16 at 7pm at the parish hall (doors open at 6.30pm).

Guest speakers at the meeting will be Sue Lake from Norfolk Association of Local Councils talking about Localism and John Best from the East of England Energy Group talking about wind power.

The mayor will also present cheques to a range of organisations from money raised through public donations at the New Year's Day fireworks.

On the following day, Saturday March 17, the town council will host a community open day at the parish hall. From 9am until noon members of the public can give councillors their views on the issues that need dealing with in the town.

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