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Wetherby Townsperson of the Year - 2022

The 2022 winners are Aileen Dunlop & Rob Grey


Last year's townsperson Norma Harrington, Town Mayor Neil O'Byrne and Lion President Tim Ritson were given an impossible task when presented with the shortlist of this year's nominees for 'Townsperson of the Year 2022'. Wetherby should be justifiably very proud of having so many public spirited residents and the selection committee faced such a dilemma that ultimately only 'thinking outside the box' (and copious amounts of coffee) would create a solution!


                                                                         Should it be Rob Gray, with his trademark flat cap, who for                                                                                 many years has served the town on the Weir Committee,                                                                                   organising the very popular bandstand concerts and managing                                                                           the Wetherby Runners 10k Run? All these contribute to making                                                                           the area a happy and relaxing place to live in stressful times                                                                               when mental health can be a real concern.


                                                                         Alternatively, what about Aileen Dunlop? She has selflessly                                                                                 donated her time and energy to organising the volunteers at                                                                               the COVID-19 Vaccination Hub - turning up relentlessly to make                                                                           sure everyone was happy and confident in their role. In                                                                                     addition to helping the volunteers she was always cheerful,                                                                                 compassionate and totally committed to reassuring those                                                                                   attending the clinic for vaccination if they were nervous or                                                                                   unsure about anything. How many lives and how many stays in                                                                           hospital have been saved through her contribution to the NHS                                                                           efforts?


                                                                         How to solve a problem like this? Simple! Modify the rules and                                                                           have two 'Townspersons of the Year' awards when two such                                                                                deserving candidates are put forward.


We now need your nominations for 2023 ! !  We would like to hear about an exceptional adult in our community who has helped make Wetherby a better place for all of us.  You can complete and submit your nominee application in several ways, do it online - click here , print the nomination form here and post


Photos of the winners of the award, Rob Grey and  Aileen Dunlop at the Dickensian Christmas Market below. 


Thanks to Tammy at 'Zoom-in Photography' on 0784 255 5484 for the photos.

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