Monday, September 27, 2010
Saltburn Officer wins individual Northumbria in Bloom Award
PC Smith, who lives in Guisborough, has been Saltburn’s neighbourhood police officer for the last eight years. During that time - as well as his busy normal police duties - he has been enthusiastically involved in the life of the local community joining many local groups including Saltburn in Bloom, for which he is vice-chairman.
He said, "I really enjoy my job and getting involved with local people and the local community. It’s a very rewarding career and no two days are ever the same. Saltburn is a very unique town with an incredibly strong community spirit. As a neighbourhood police officer, I have become involved with as many local groups as possible."
PC Smith was presented with The President’s Trophy, a smart silver cigar box. In his role as an official in Saltburn in Bloom he always has a very busy time on the run up to the In Bloom season. He shows the judges around the resort each year, tends the garden at the local police station and carries out other In Bloom work - all in his own time.
He added, "I was in the Saltburn Forward Group which is now disbanded and was responsible for the cliff lift redevelopment. I’m also a school governor at Saltburn Primary School and a member of Saltburn Cliff Lift and Pier Group."
On his award, he said modestly, !I’m very honoured - it’s a real bonus to add to something you enjoy anyway. I wasn’t aware I was getting it and my parents Peter and Sheena, who are also Bloom activists, were present to witness it."
PC Smith is due to retire at the end of this year, but pledges to carry on with all his Saltburn in Bloom tasks.