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Wetherby Townsperson of the Year - 2023

The 2023 winner is Julie Ann Starr


Last year's Townspersons Aileen Dunlop and Rob Grey, 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 2023'.  Wetherby should be justifiably very proud of having so many public spirited residents !


We now need your nominations for 2024 ! !  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 winner of the award, Julie Ann Starr at the 'Dickensian Christmas Market' below. 


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

This year's Townsperson of the Year is Julie Ann Starr.


She said "The Wetherby Wombles were formed 2 years ago, during COVID times. I used to go out on my daily hour walk, and the more I walked, the more I used to spot the litter. And there was a lot!


Many will have seen me, in and around Wetherby with a purple bag and a litter picker, doing my bit for the community. The total number of bags of litter collected this year, so far, is an astonishing 526 bags containing a staggering number of face masks, 980!

Only yesterday did I go out on a litter pick, a stone's throw from my home, and in just over an hour, I filled 2 bags and picked up 11 masks.


I'd like to accept this award, on behalf of all of the Wetherby Wombles and all of the other volunteers who give service, and who go out regularly to pick up litter from in and around our town, to make Wetherby a much cleaner and more attractive place for us all. Thank you."

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