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Veteran councillor in running for recognition award

Councillor Godfrey AllansonHertford Ward borough councillor Godfrey Allanson has been short listed for the ‘judge’s special award for contribution to local government’ in the LGiU Councillor Awards 2012.


The awards recognise the vital contribution that councillors make to local democracy and to their communities.


Fellow councillors and officers at Scarborough Borough Council nominated Cllr Allanson for the judge’s special award in recognition of his forty four and a half years as a councillor, six years with former Bridlington Rural District Council and thirty eight and half years with Scarborough Borough Council.


As well as the many committees and projects Cllr Allanson has led or been involved in during his four and half decades in local government, which have seen him representing the borough throughout the UK and Europe, he is also an active volunteer in his home village of Muston, championing the famous Muston Scarecrow Festival for many years and even taking on the role of unpaid public clock winder.


Borough councillor, Derek Bastiman, and Democratic Services Manager, Gill Wilkinson, who led on the award submission said: “Godfrey’s commitment over the years has been nothing short of remarkable.  His personality and approach to fellow colleagues, partners and residents is generous and supportive and he is always prepared to offer a sympathetic ear.  His approach to all aspects of his working life means that he is able to successfully bridge political divides and takes others with him on his mission to do the best for his constituency and the wider borough.


“As we say in Yorkshire, Godfrey can best be described as a good village lad who has devoted most of his working life to helping others while holding down a job and raising a family.”


Cllr Allanson added: “I have always felt it is an honour to serve my local community, district and county and also play an important part in government issues at a national level.  In all my years serving at rural district and borough level I can honestly say that the vast majority of councillors of all political colours have tried to do their very best for their constituents and my job locally is made so much easier by the excellent staff at the town hall.”


Cllr Allanson will find out whether he has won the award at the finals of the LGiU Awards 2012 on Monday 27 February.

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