Rushden mayor honours unsung heroes

Russell Sturgen, Mary Burton. Barbara Carter and Bill Scott

Russell Sturgen, Mary Burton. Barbara Carter and Bill Scott

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The mayor of Rushden made unsung heroes the toast of the town as she recognised their achievements at the annual mayoral awards.

Rushden mayor Marian Hollomon said she was delighted to hand out the awards to four people, whom she said were deservedly recognised for their hard work in the community.

She added: “We have had a wonderful night. They are more than deserving of the awards I presented them with.”

Russell Sturgen, 57, of Aspen Close, Rushden, was rewarded for his many years of working as a milkman in the town.

He was nominated for going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty in his job and always providing a top service.

Bill Scott, 74, of Fenners Close, Rushden, was rewarded for his 40 years of fundraising for the Salvation Army, selling the magazine in clubs and pubs in the town.

Marie Burton, 74, of Knuston Spinney, Knuston, was rewarded for more than four decades of working with the Guides, and is still working as Higham Ferrers and Rushden Trefoil Guild chairman.

Barbara Carter, 74, of Bedford Road, Rushden, was rewarded for teaching and training fitness classes in Rushden for more than 25 years, including working at Rushden Swimming Club in the 1980s, and she is currently teaching at the Splash Pool.