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The pride of Burnley

By Councillor Mark Townsend, Leader of Burnley Council

Sometimes, as the cliché goes, you can’t see the wood for the trees.

You’re concentrating so much on solving problems and challenges that you lose sight of all the positive, good things going on around you.

We’ve all been there and know what that feels like.

Burnley, just like everywhere else, has its challenges but one of the most positive aspects of my role is that I see all the hard work that is going on, often behind the scenes. In recent weeks this has been more apparent than usual.

It’s been my privilege to be part of a number of events to recognise and reward some of the many individuals and organisations that are doing so much to improve our borough and the lives of people who live here.

The Burnley Business Awards were a glittering affair that highlighted the ambition and enterprise of our local businesses that is driving forward our local economy, helping create jobs and bringing much-needed investment into the borough.

The Community Sports Awards, hosted by Olympic champion Sally Gunnell, highlighted the achievements of our local sports clubs and men and women, young and old, as well as the army of volunteers who generously give countless hours of their own time to support them.

Finally I was at the council’s annual TEAM awards that recognised how members of staff have gone the extra mile to support residents.

A common theme throughout was the fact that many people are quietly getting on with the job of making our borough better, without fanfare and simply because it’s the right thing to do.

Together, they provided numerous examples of people and organisations from across the private, public and voluntary sectors pulling together to help create a better, brilliant Burnley. They are the tip of a growing iceberg of community-minded  people who are creating a better place to live, work and visit, now and for the next generation.

I was truly humbled by the numerous examples of selflessness and hard work – they really are the pride of Burnley.

 

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