Award for duo at the heart of town events

Mike (extreme left) and Heather Johnson (extreme right) pictured with their Lions colleagues at the 2014 Lions Beer Festival. EMN-150203-103314001
Mike (extreme left) and Heather Johnson (extreme right) pictured with their Lions colleagues at the 2014 Lions Beer Festival. EMN-150203-103314001

Brigg Town Council has awarded the Joseph J. Magrath Award for Public Voluntary Service to the Community of Brigg to Mike and Heather Johnson of Brigg Lions.

In determining their nomination, Mike and Heather’s dedication and commitment to various voluntary works for the benefit of Brigg and the local community was acknowledged, mainly through their membership of Brigg and District Lions and Mike’s membership of the Ancholme Lodge of Freemasons; but, specifically, their outstanding commitment toward the organisation of key major events in the town calendar.

The husband and wife duo have taken on the organisation of the Annual Christmas Fair, a year round commitment.

Town Council clerk Jeanette Woollard said: “The Town Council is most appreciative of their continued dedication to this annual event, which has previously been under threat on more than one occasion, and they are also very much aware that it has grown, year on year, throughout their stewardship.

“Thanks to their commitment, it is a very well organised and enjoyable evening for the local community, but is also of great benefit to the town and the business community due to the huge numbers of visitors who visit the Town from further afield.”

Organising the Christmas Fair annually might be thought of as being enough for most people - not so for Mike and Heather, whose involvement in the organisation and management of the Annual Brigg Beer Festival in May is also a long standing commitment.

And more recently they were instrumental in adding the Cider Festival as another annual event in September.

“Both events attract a large clientele and provide the opportunity for the community to come together to meet old friends and new, with the proceeds then being used for the charitable works delivered by the Lions,” added Mrs Woollard.

“Events of this scale can quickly fall foul of the bureaucracy involved, but they have always shown a positive attitude to such matters and sought to work with both the Town Council and North Lincolnshire Council to seek a satisfactory and common sense solution to any issues that may arise.”

“Their continued contribution to ensure that all three events will continue for many years to come must, therefore, be applauded and the Town Council is delighted to be given this opportunity to publicly recognise the work that Mike and Heather both do, for the benefit of others and the Town.”

The couple will receive their award at the Town Mayor’s Civic Charity Dinner on March 28.