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South Derbyshire stalwarts handed top gong by council chiefs

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

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TWO community stalwarts are to set to be honoured by council chiefs for the roles they have played in serving South Derbyshire.

Former Derbyshire Police officer Eileen Banton and historian Graham Nutt are being praised by South Derbyshire District Council for their efforts to "support, promote and boost the area."

The pair will be honoured during a special council meeting at the Civic Offices in Swadlincote next month.

Mrs Banton, who is retiring after 36 years with Derbyshire Police, told the Mail she was "humbled" by the news.

She said: "I feel very proud to think that the council wants to honour me for my work in the area.

"In my time with the force I worked closely with the council and struck up a great working relationship.

"I have always said that South Derbyshire is a place close to my heart.

"I started my service there and finished it there and I could not have planned it any better.

"I am humbled by the news and cannot thank people across the area enough for their help and support over the years."

The top cop has been widely praised by her colleagues and the public for her role in boosting community policing during her years with the force.

The 54-year-old, from Burton, was rewarded for her dedication and hard work when she was handed an MBE in 2012.

Mr Nutt is being honoured for his role in protecting and preserving the history of the area via his work at the Magic Attic, based in West Street, Swadlincote.

The historian oversees work at the site, which houses an archive of photographs, newspapers and artefacts from yesteryear.

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