Civic pride in town and its people

Brigg Town Mayor Edward Arnott (centre) before the start of the Civic Dinner in the Angel Suite pictured with, from left, retiring clerk Jeanette Woollard, Mike and Heather Johnson who received the Joseph J Magrath Civic Award and Mayoress Lucy Arnott. EMN-150104-140336001
Brigg Town Mayor Edward Arnott (centre) before the start of the Civic Dinner in the Angel Suite pictured with, from left, retiring clerk Jeanette Woollard, Mike and Heather Johnson who received the Joseph J Magrath Civic Award and Mayoress Lucy Arnott. EMN-150104-140336001

Civic leaders from across the area supported Brigg Town Mayor Edward Arnott when he and Mayoress Lucy Arnott hosted the annual Civic 
Dinner in the Angel Suite.

The civic couple have chosen to raise money for their 
Appeal Fund in 2014-15 to encourage youth involvement in sport, and a raffle was held after the dinner.

Mike and Heather Johnson received the town’s Joseph J Magrath award from the Town Mayor.

They were the first ever dual winners of the award, which is given in recognition of their service in arranging many public events in the town as members of Brigg Lions Club.

These included the annual Christmas Market and the Beer and Cider Festivals.

“We feel honoured to receive this award,” said Mike.

“You sometimes get a lot of grief when you stage events and so it is very nice to get this recognition.

“We intend to carry on and hopefully will have the beer festival lined up for May.

“Thank you to those who nominated us and it is a special night.

“We feel the award is recognition to all members of Brigg Lions who are involved in organising these events not just us.”

In his speech, the Town Mayor reflected that 2014 had been a sad year for Brigg Town Council, with the death of former Town Mayors Barbara Morris, Enid Brocklesby and Ben Nobbs. They would all be fondly 
remembered.

The dinner was also the final civic function of long serving Town Clerk Jeanette Woollard who is retiring in June.

And the Mayor also looked back to 1996 when the Angel Suite venue was created.

“There were those at that time who said the Angel Suite would be a white elephant and a drain on the tax payer,” he said, “but I am pleased to say that this has not proved to be the case.

“As I stand here this evening, I feel entirely justified in recognising the foresight of those District and Town Councillors who worked together to provide the town with this facility, which is now regularly used by a wide range of individuals and organisations for all manner of events and functions.”

The Mayor added that he took pride that the present Town Council constantly reviewed the management and operation of the Angel Suite in order to make sure that it continued to meet the needs of Brigg and the wider community.