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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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Aspatria recognises efforts of town stalwart

Aspatria stalwart Dick Dawson has been awarded a certificate of appreciation for his services to the town.

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MERITORIOUS: Former mayor of Aspatria, councillor and founder of the local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, Dick Dawson, is retiring from his many duties due to poor health

Mr Dawson, 77, of St Mungo’s Park, recently retired from a number of voluntary positions because of deteriorating health.

The certificate of appreciation came from Aspatria Town Council.

Mr Dawson served as a town councillor for 28 years, including stints as mayor, deputy mayor and chairman of parks and allotments.

He resigned from the council after surgery but has continued to deliver the town’s newsletter and assist wherever needed.

He has also retired from Neighbourhood Watch, of which he was a founding member 20 years ago.

Mr Dawson said: “Colin Ainsworth and I set it up and Colin made it the success it was by suggesting that we have co-ordinators in each of the estates.”

Mr Ainsworth stepped down a number of years ago but Mr Dawson has continued to work within the organisation.

He added: “I have been delighted with the support we have received from the council, from Inspector Denis Kelly and his staff and from the co-ordinators. They have all helped make this an effective Neighbourhood Watch scheme.”

Mr Dawson also organised the local poppy appeal in Aspatria and surrounding villages for many years before handing over to Coun Wendy Campbell.

He said: “I had half a lung removed about six years ago and I just feel it is time to retire.”

He said that everything he did was thanks to his wife Kath, 72, who had helped him with all his projects.

The couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 2012.

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