Coun­cil award

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - NEWS -

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil (ABC) has cre­ated a new honorary ti­tle aimed at high­light­ing peo­ple who have im­proved life or de­vel­op­ment in the bor­ough. The re­cently-es­tab­lished Honorary Am­bas­sador of Ash­ford award scheme recog­nises and hon­ours in­di­vid­u­als who have made - or are mak­ing - a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment, well­be­ing, strength and civic dig­nity of the bor­ough. The first such award to be handed out was given to Dr Lil­iana Turoiu, Pres­i­dent of the Ro­ma­nian Cul­tural In­sti­tute, in De­cem­ber for her ef­forts to im­prove Ash­ford’s re­la­tions with the East Euro­pean coun­try, bring­ing a statue of Ro­ma­nian royal Queen Marie to El­wick Place. Speak­ing at the sur­prise award cer­e­mony, leader of the coun­cil Cllr Gerry Clark­son said: “The coun­cil al­ready has a civic award scheme which recog­nises in­di­vid­u­als who live within the bor­ough to re­flect their con­tri­bu­tions. “And in the past we have awarded the free­dom of the bor­ough to the Princess of Wales’ Royal Reg­i­ment, the In­tel­li­gence Corps and REME 133 Field Work­shop Com­pany and oth­ers. “The new award bridges the gap be­tween these two awards and al­lows us to hon­our peo­ple who live both within and out­side of the bor­ough to re­flect their in­di­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tion to the bor­ough.”

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