Salcombe’s Civic Sunday!
Sunday 14th October saw Salcombe gather in Holy Trinity church for the annual celebration of, and recommitment to serve, the community. Father Daniel conducted his usual humorous and thought-provoking Civic Service, after which everyone enjoyed a lively catch up over tea and coffee. The day continued at the Harbour Hotel where Jason Parry and his team once again provided a delicious Civic Lunch for over sixty people, including representatives from Salcombe’s army of volunteers, District and County Councillors, Town Councillors and their Officers, alongside partners and guests.
The Mayor, Cllr Mrs Nikki Turton, said “it was wonderful to see so many of us who give our time and dedication to Salcombe in the same room all together – a once a year treat, like Christmas!”
This year Salcombe was honouring two distinguished residents. The first, Mrs Janet Twining, celebrated her 100th birthday during the summer and it was, according to the Mayor, “our privilege to be able to acknowledge this huge milestone in a wonderful lady’s life”.
The Civic Lunch is also when Salcombe traditionally presents its Citizen of the Year with a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion. This year Mr Peter Tobin, Chairman of the Salcombe Swimming Pool, who was nominated multiple times by the community and overwhelmingly voted for by Town Councillors, was chosen in recognition of all he does to keep the pool up and running for the benefit of residents and visitors alike. The Mayor commented that “Peter goes over and above, so it was fantastic that he was nominated by so many of his peers, all of whom also put in that extra effort into their own groups and committees, so they really understand the huge amount of work he puts in. Many congratulations to him on receiving this very well deserved accolade.”