Axbridge honours top trio in civic awards
A lifesaver, historian and church stalwart were honoured with town awards in Axbridge on Sunday.
The third annual civic service at St John’s Church drew dignitaries like the High Sheriff of Somerset, mayors, chairmen and the MP.
A Mayor’s Special Award was presented to resident Thomas Adams in remembrance of his brave actions in 1963 when he rescued two drowning children who had fallen through the ice at Cheddar reservoir.
Mayor Ian Laken and the town council wished to recognise the 50th anniversary of his exceptional act of bravery and acknowledging his actions in the Axbridge Town records.
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Robin Goodfellow received his award for his involvement in the community with the Axbridge Archaeological and Local History Society, Axbridge and District Museum Trust, and Blackberry Carnival committee to name but a few.
It was heard he works tirelessly on all historical matters, even allowing an archaeological dig in his own back garden.
Martin Latham was awarded for his services to the community and the church in maintaining the fabric of the church building, his musical support for Axbridge First School Academy, Axbridge Pageant and for supporting fundraising within Axbridge.
As town organist he has worked alongside five different rectors over 45 years.
The service was also a musical experience with performances from Teresa De Roberto, Axbridge Benefice Choir and Bristol Brass Consort.