This year’s Honoured Citizen of Crewkerne is Tony Cooper BEM, in recognition of his outstanding contribution for the benefit of the town and its citizens. Tony was presented with the Annual Citizenship Award by the town’s mayor, councillor Ben Hodgson at the Annual Town Meeting of Electors in Victoria Hall. Tony’s father George Cooper became the first resident to receive the Honoured Citizen of Crewkerne award in 1997 and Tony is the first recipient of the award, to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Tony Cooper grew up in Crewkerne and attended Crewkerne Grammar School before joining the police force as a cadet in 1960 and moving to London. Tony retired from the Police in 1997 after a distinguished career of nearly 38 years. He is a proud holder of the British Empire Medal (BEM) awarded to an individual for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown. Tony and his wife Pat returned to live in Crewkerne, where they already owned a cottage for holidays, after his retirement.

An active member of the Rotary Club of Crewkerne in working with volunteers, Tony is also a director of Crewkerne Leisure Management Ltd for the Aqua Centre and a director of Somerset Redstone Trust, which manages a group of care homes for the elderly and disabled, providing nursing care and independent living. The charitable trust’s care homes include The Orchards in Crewkerne. Tony is a former clerk and trustee of the Matthew Chubb Almshouses charity and one of the founding members of Crewkerne’s annual Junior Triathlon. Tony Cooper was congratulated on receiving the award, after an introduction by the mayor.

Crewkerne mayor, councillor Ben Hodgson said: “This is my first year as Mayor of Crewkerne and it has been an honour to serve the community in this role. I would like to thank my fellow councillors who do an excellent job on your behalf in ensuring that Crewkerne remains a vibrant town. However, they could not do this without the town council staff and a large number of volunteers who help out with various groups and organisations in the town. I would also like to thank them all for their continuing effort on behalf of the community.”

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