Pair honoured for being pride of Rushden

Rushden mayor Cllr David Jenney with members of Rushden Historical Transport Society
Rushden mayor Cllr David Jenney with members of Rushden Historical Transport Society

Awards have been given to two people who go above and beyond the call of duty in their town.

The recipients of this year’s Rushden Mayor’s Awards were announced as Barbara Clark and John Sugars in a presentation at Rushden Hall on Tuesday.

Rushden mayor Cllr David Jenney with Barbara Clark

Rushden mayor Cllr David Jenney with Barbara Clark

Mrs Clark was nominated by Rushden mayor David Jenney, for her work for the Royal British Legion, and Mr Sugars was nominated 12 times for his work and role as chairman of Rushden Historical Transport Society.

Cllr Jenney said: “We have got two awards that we are going to present tonight to vastly contrasting characters but each of which in their own field have worked wonders for the town.”

Mrs Clark has been the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal leader for some years. The appeal raised more than £29,000 in Rushden last year.

She said: “This is a great honour, one that I really never expected I could have earned.”

The award went to Mr Sugars for his achievements including organising Rushden Cavalcade, the Heritage Railway which offers 22 days of themed trains running each year, and the society’s social club which has won local and national awards. He has also worked to save Rushden’s heritage, including the town’s Goods Shed. Mr Sugars was unable to attend, but members of the society collected the award on his behalf.