Meet city’s top dads

YES­TER­DAY was Fa­ther’s day, when dads all across the city were treated like the stars they are. To cel­e­brate that day, in con­junc­tion with Queens­gate, we have been run­ning our an­nual Dad of the Year com­pe­ti­tion. Here we an­nounce the win­ner and runnners up

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - THE WIN­NER – Tony Judge

WHAT re­ally im­pressed the judges about this year’s win­ner is his son’s obvi- ous af­fec­tion for him not only as a dad but also as a mem­ber of the com­mu­nity.

Tony Judge (60) from Wal­ton, was nom­i­nated by his son Steve (23). Steve said: “I’m nom­i­nat­ing my dad be­cause he fits the de­scrip­tion of not just a bril­liant dad, but a bril­liant per­son in gen­eral. “He’s the sort of per­son that you can al­ways turn to, and is the first per­son to of­fer as­sis­tance with any­thing.

“My old man has be­friended a lot of peo­ple in Peter­bor­ough and Stam­ford, and is well known among the older gen­er­a­tion (see­ing as he’s now be­com­ing one of them) and is of­ten help­ing them by tak­ing them to the shops, to see their relatives or other friends with­out trans­port.” Steve said that Tony, who has just re­tired as a plumber, would “do any­thing” for his three chil­dren. As well as Steve, Tony is fa­ther to Paul (39) and Melanie (33) and has five grand­chil­dren, aged five to 14.

What also touched the judges was the sup­port Tony gave to his fam­ily when his wife of 40 years died last year.

De­spite be­ing in mourn­ing him­self, Steve de­scribed Tony as “a rock for the fam­ily” dur­ing that dif­fi­cult time.

Yet Tony re­mains mod­est about the role he played in look­ing af­ter his fam­ily af­ter the sad be­reave­ment.

He said: “Fam­ily has al­ways been im­por­tant to me, so when that hap­pened we were all there for each other re­ally.”

Tony said he was “touched and very hon­oured” to find out he had been nom­i­nated for this award.

Sum­ming up his dad, Steve ex­plained why he de­served to be Dad of the Year and take home our fan­tas­tic prizes.

“He’s a tough man, who has had a hard life, and de­serves a great big thank you,” he said.

Pic­ture: ALAN STORER

A BIG THANK YOU: Steve Judge with his fa­ther Tony, who he nom­i­nated in the dad of the year com­pe­ti­tion. (METP-17-06

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