EDITOR’S COMMENT: Arise, my 2013 (very) local heroes

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New Year honours. Love them or hate them, they are received with joy by the majority of recipients – and rightly so.

The nomination process doesn’t involve local newspapers directly, but I thought it may be interesting to consider some local heroes of 2013.

Close to home, there are the three men behind St Edmund’s Wheel. They have raised almost £250,000 since starting the Bury Bike Ride and Ian Turner, Brian Hurrell and Steve Laycock deserve special mention.

You can’t have failed to have been impressed by the sheer enthusiasm and hard graft put in by Gina Long for Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Auction. Long may her fund-raising continue.

Now a curve ball - Ian Gallin, boss of St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils. I’m probably not viewed as the biggest fan of local authorities, but his handling of the restructure of both councils has been professional, thorough and honest.

Finally, Sharon Fairweather. People now think of Bury St Edmunds Christmas Market as a date on the calendar which shows our medieval town off in a very good light – thanks in no small measure to her efforts.

>Barry Peters, Editor

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