Dane Valley ward in Margate has named its most outstanding citizen.
Ward councillors launched the first Dane Valley Citizen Award this year and aim to make it an annual event.
The competition finds the most outstanding citizen living or working in the ward.
This year’s nominees were:
Steve Darling – Dane Valley Woods organiser, who has worked tirelessly creating his group and acring for the woodlands.
Maurice Morris – Resident who has always been very helpful to Thanet people over many years .
Janet Snook – local Neighbourhood Watch volunteer who makes a difference in her local Dane Valley street reporting crime and helping neighbours.
And the winner by a clear majority was Maurice Morris.
The 84 year old has lived in Margate all his life and can tell many tales of days gone by. Maurice was visibly moved to tears as he was handed his trophy and a fantastic hamper from Stacey of Tesco’s Northdown Road.
Ward Cllr Gary Hillman said: “It was wonderful springing this surprise on a well-loved Margate resident. I seek to bring the Margate community together with a hub of events such as this.”