Axminster Citizen of the Year is named

PUBLISHED: 07:01 11 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:18 15 January 2018

Axminster Citizen of the Year Geoff Enticott after receiving his shield and cheque from Mayor Jeremy Walden. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Axminster Citizen of the Year Geoff Enticott after receiving his shield and cheque from Mayor Jeremy Walden. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

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Carnival stalwart Geoff Enticott is the first winner of the Robin Cross Memorial award

Axminster Citizen of the Year Geoff Enticott after receiving his shield and cheque from Mayor Jeremy Walden. Picture: CHRIS CARSONAxminster Citizen of the Year Geoff Enticott after receiving his shield and cheque from Mayor Jeremy Walden. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

One of Axminster’s community champions has become the first winner of the town’s new Robin Cross Citizen of the Year award.

Geoff Enticott, who has worked tirelessly for numerous local organisations over decades, received the shield from Mayor Jeremy Walden last week.

He was also presented with a cheque for £100, provided by the Midweek Herald, to donate to a charity of his choice.

Mr Enticott received most nominations to win the award which was set up in memory of much loved Axminster resident Robin Cross, who died suddenly last April, aged 68, having given many years of dedicated service to the town.

Presenting the new shield to Mr Enticott, Mayor Jeremy Walden said he had also given great service to Axminster – not only in his job as caretaker at The Guildhall but also through his voluntary work for the cricket club, Cloakham Lawns Sports Centre and the carnival.

“If it had not been for Geoff the carnival would not exist – he is the organiser behind it,” said Cllr Walden.

“This town owes a great debt of gratitude to Geoff.”

Mr Enticott thanked everyone who voted for him.

He said: “I feel a bit of a fraud because I have never achieved anything like Robin Cross did for the town but we all do our little bit.”

* Mr Cross, who was admired for his dedication to all things Axminster, was site manager at Axe Valley Community College for a number of years.

He also spent more than a quarter of a century with the Special Constabulary, attaining the rank of Special Inspector, and was affectionately known as ‘The Sheriff of Axminster’.

Town councillors agreed to set up the annual citizen of the year award as a permanent mark of respect for Mr Cross and his selfless work for the town.

After the award ceremony Mr Cross’s daughter Hayley said Mr Enticott was a very worthy winner.

“It could not have gone to a better person – dad would have been proud,” she told The Herald.

Mr Enticott will donate his £100 to Cloakham Lawns Sports Centre.

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