Cllr Paul Hopfensperger. Independent Bury St Edmunds Town Councillor and

West Suffolk Councillor for St Olaves Ward, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

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Bury St Edmunds Citizen and Young Citizen of The Year Awards 2018


People nominated for the annual St Edmund's Day Awards held at the Town Council offices in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: SUZANNE ABBOTT

Monday November 19th, 2018 saw the Bury St Edmunds Town Council host some of the outstanding citizens of Bury St Edmunds at it's annual St Edmunds Day awards. Winners and nominees gathered to listen who had won the prestigious "Citizen of The Year" and "Young Citizen of The Year" awards for 2018.


Former East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star photographer Andy Abbott won the Citizen of the Year Award with St Olaves Ward teenager Chloe Hunter picking up the Young Citizen of the Year accolade.

Cllr Paul Hopfensperger pictured with St Olaves Ward resident Chloe Hunter who was chosen as the 2018 Young Citizen of the Year at the St Edmund's Day awards held at the Town Council offices in Bury St Edmunds

Andy Abbott said: “I am very flattered and very, very pleased to have the honour of being Citizen of the Year. I am hugely proud of the work that I do with the school and my philosophy is if I see something that needs doing I will do it.


He also supports St Nicholas Hospice and the My WiSH Charity, which supports the West Suffolk hospital, and added: “I have to thank the town council for all their help and support and I am so grateful to them and all the people around me who support me and everything I do is for the benefit of the community.


16-year-old Chloe Hunter, who was nominated for the care for her family, teaching chemistry to pupils at Beyton School, where she is a sixth former, being a youth church leader and volunteering at a local care home, said: “It’s great to get the award and it feels like someone has finally recognised what I do.


I am continually told to take a break as I’m up at 5.30am every morning as I have my younger brother Jonathan who is 13 to look after as he has spastic cerebral palsy which effects his right side. I am like the second mum of the house.


If you know someone who is a resident of Bury St Edmunds and has made an outstanding contribution to the community, look out for next years nominations forms which can be found on the Bury St Edmunds Town Council website: www.burystedmunds-tc.gov.uk

External links to this story


(1) 20/11/2018 - Bury Mercury by Russell Cook.

(2) 23/11/2018 - Bury Free Press by Rhoda Morrison.


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