Visitors get into gaol free at town civic pride event

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Buckingham’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year received her award from MP John Bercow at the town’s Civic Day.

Last Saturday was the date set aside nationally for a celebration of civic pride.

Buckingham Civic Day opening. Town crier Russell Cross.'130622M-A296

Buckingham Civic Day opening. Town crier Russell Cross.'130622M-A296

The localevent was organised by the Buckingham Society, and opened by Mr Bercow, with an announcement by the town crier.

Lesley Smith, who has produced the Buckingham Community Panto ever since its beginnings in 1984 was presented with the Outstanding Citizen trophy.

Thanks to the trustees of the Old Gaol, there was free entry for all to the museum on the day. Local musicians played outside the Old Gaol, with tea and cakes on sale, and local historian Ed Grimsdale led guided walks around ‘Civic Buckingham’.

On behalf of Buckingham Rotary, Mayor of Buckingham Ruth Newell presented cheques to local charities benefiting from Rotary’s sponsored Swimathon in March.

Buckingham Civic Day opening. Rotary Citizen of the Year, Lesley Smith with otary resident, Jane Mordue and John Bercow MP.'130622M-A311

Buckingham Civic Day opening. Rotary Citizen of the Year, Lesley Smith with otary resident, Jane Mordue and John Bercow MP.'130622M-A311

Ninety-five swimmers took part in the Swimathon, raising £8,000 for charity.

Mrs Newell awarded prizes and certificates to the winning teams and individuals, including 10-year-old Sophie Holmes who raised the most sponsorship money in the children’s category, Stephanie Lewis and the members of the Old Lilies team who swam the most lengths of the pool in the adult category, and Mella Pepper, swimming in aid of the Citizens Advice Bureau, who raised the most sponsorship money in the adult category.

Swimathon Awards at Buckingham Civic Day. Charity cheque recipients with Cllr Ruth Newell and Rotary President, Jane Mordue, first and second left.'130622M-D419

Swimathon Awards at Buckingham Civic Day. Charity cheque recipients with Cllr Ruth Newell and Rotary President, Jane Mordue, first and second left.'130622M-D419