A few words from the mayor

Mayor John Freeman with honorary citizens Harry Collett and Major Pat Charlesworth''w131618

Mayor John Freeman with honorary citizens Harry Collett and Major Pat Charlesworth''w131618

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Two of Whitby’s most dedicated citizens have been given the prestigious accolade of Honorary Citizenship for their outstanding contributions to the town.

Harry Collett (73) of Rosemount Road and Major Pat Charlesworth (66) of St Andrew’s Road were presented with their awards at the annual town assembly held at Whitby Coliseum on Wednesday by Mayor John Freeman.

Mr Collett, who has lived in the town for more than 50 years, was originally employed in outdoor education and continues to promote youth sports, athletics and running including helping to organise the annual Octoberfest race.

However his main influence has been in promoting Whitby as a visitor destination as a founding member and chairman of Whitby and District Tourism Association.

He also continues to take thousands of visitors from around the world around Whitby on his story-telling walks which have featured in the media both nationally and internationally.

Mr Collett is also a long time member and former president of Whitby and District Rotary Club, a member of a number of choirs and was the driving force behind the introduction of the 40s weekend as well as helpnig to raise funds for charity.

He said: “I feel pleased, proud and humbled that I have been selected to receive this prestigious award.”

Major Charlesworth has lived in Whitby for over 20 years and moved to the town in 1992 with a colleague to establish a Salvation Armyministry in Whitby.

Though retired and despite periods of serious ill health she has continued to serve the community it many ways including running the Empty Chair - a bereavement counselling and support group to help people at times of deep distress and making cards of encouragement.