THE mayor of Milford Haven has paid tribute to six ‘super citizens’ for their work in the community.
At an award ceremony at the Town Hall on Saturday (June 7), Mayor Cllr Eric Harries presented certificates to the six local people, who have given their time to helping others.
Sixty-one-year-old Pat Farrar, from Hakin, was first to receive one of four Adults’ Citizen’s Award for her “wonderful contribution” to the town.
Pat was nominated for her years of hard work with the Talking Mercury – an audio newspaper for blind or partially-sighted people.
Pat, who has been totally blind for 15 years, set up the paper 17 years ago, and leads a team of loyal volunteers to produce the weekly paper, which is sent out on memory sticks to its readers.
Pat said the paper was a vital resource for people with sight problems.
“Without the paper, people would have no idea what’s going on locally,” she said.
Sue Kenny, 69, received an award for her work as a trustee and volunteer at Milford Haven Museum, Sue is also well known for her work with campaign group Save Essential Services at Withybush.
A mother and grandmother, the former nurse said she felt compelled to help as she ‘couldn’t bear to see what the government was doing in Pembrokeshire and across Wales’.
“I just wanted to get out there and do what I can,” she said.
Marion Sizer, who retires as leader of 2nd Milford Haven St Katherine’s Brownies later this month, was praised by Mayor Harries for ‘leading by example’ and ‘encouraging her Brownies to develop their community spirit’.
Originally a Brownie and Guide herself, Marion has helped teach cooking, crafts, swimming and other skills to local girl for almost 30 years.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute, it’s been an absolute pleasure, there have been some wonderful girls come through the ranks,” she said.
Also receiving an award for her work as a long-serving volunteer with Cancer Research UK and the Talking Mercury, was Susan Norman.
Mayor Harries said Susan was a “talented lady” who could always be found “either shopping for someone or going to cut grass or doing something for someone else”.
Receiving a Youth Award was Daniel Tucker, who since joining MIlford Haven Sea Cadets in 2008 had risen to the rank of Petty Office Cadet, and gained qualifications in communications, rowing, seamanship, camp craft and meteorology “to name but a few”.
Fellow Petty Officer Cadet Callum Snape was unable to pick up his award on the night, but Mayor Harries said the 17-year-old had carried out his duties as Mayor’s Cadet in 2011 “with great honour”.