Who Should Win Lincoln’s Top Honour?

Who Should Win Lincoln’s Top Honour?

Do you know an outstanding individual, organisation or company  worthy of winning Lincoln’s top accolade?

It’s that time of year again, when the Trustees of the magnificent Lincoln Civic Award announce their search to find the winner of this superb silver trophy crafted by the city’s late silversmith Derek Birch.

And there’s also a chance for up to six people to receive one of the city’s coveted Mayoral Medals.

The Civic Award Trustees are keen to hear about people from all walks of life, outstanding businesses and impressive organisations, who should be recognised for bringing credit to the City of Lincoln.

Their achievement might have made the city better known or improved the quality of life for Lincoln residents. That task may have been performed as a voluntary act or in the course of remunerated work.

The Mayoral Medals were originally presented by the Mayor to people returning “home” from the First World War, to thank them for their service to their country and city.

Today, they are presented in recognition of an individual’s tireless work for others, without asking for any recognition or remuneration.

The Civic Award’s roll of honour features a dazzling array of previous winners.  They include industrialists, educationists, charity workers, sportsmen and women, firms whose products have taken Lincoln’s name worldwide and unsung heroes who have quietly made a huge difference to community groups.

Nominations are welcomed from all areas of the city and the Trustees are hoping to hear some great stories about why those nominated should win this stunning accolade – or a Mayoral Medal.

This year the Awards will be presented by the Mayor of Lincoln Councillor Keith Weaver in a ceremony in Lincoln’s Guildhall on Thursday, April 4, at 6.30 pm.

Whoever wins the Civic Award will find themselves in good company!  Last year, Lincoln City Football Club’s highly-popular managers Danny and Nicky Cowley were thrilled to receive the honour, from the then Mayor Councillor Chris Burke.

In 2017, it was presented to Ray Hooley (then aged 89). The information officer and librarian for the former engineering company Ruston & Hornsby was nominated by his daughter Kerry Blackbourn.

One of his most notable achievements for Lincoln was saving, maintaining and looking after the Ruston archives (1860 to 1990). Mr Hooley also instigated the return and restoration of pieces of machinery and vehicles, including three Ruston-built cars, from Australia, Glasgow and Devon.

Chairman of the Lincoln Civic Award Trustees Henry Ruddock said: “Lincoln continues to grow and diversify and it is always exciting to see the wide variety of individuals, businesses and groups who get nominated for the fabulous Lincoln Civic Award.

“This prestigious accolade stands 19 inches high and is in the form of an eight-sided obelisk. It remains as eye-catching as when it was first presented in 1967.

People are urged to submit their nominations for both Awards categories as soon as possible.  Entries close on March 2.

All they need to do is pick-up a nomination form from the City of Lincoln Council offices or BBC Radio Lincolnshire in Newport. Alternatively, they can go online at: https://www.lincoln.gov.uk/lincoln/nominate-someone-for-the-civic-award/