Carol and Margaret are Honiton's honoured citizens

PUBLISHED: 17:30 29 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:28 06 May 2015

Carol Gilson and Margaret Lewis are this years Honiton Honoured Citizens. Ref mhh 6291-17-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Carol Gilson and Margaret Lewis are this years Honiton Honoured Citizens. Ref mhh 6291-17-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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The duo have provided a loyal service to Honiton and its residents for many years.

A pair of long-serving Honiton residents have been recognised for going above and beyond for their community.

Carol Gilson and Margaret Lewis were both put forward for Honiton’s ‘Honoured Citizens’ – an award given by Honiton Town Council.

But with councillors unable to choose one over the other, members decided the accolade should go to both women.

The two were told the news recently, and have spoken to the Herald about clinching the coveted award.

Carol is the founder of the Joe Gilson Mobility Scheme, which provides disabled people with mobility aids to better improve their quality of life.

Carol said she was ‘shocked’ when she found out that she had won the award.

“All the people who nominated me never told me so I never knew,” she said. “It was a complete shock!

“It was a great honour to be chosen and it means a lot for my charity because it means people appreciate the hard work that goes into it and that people in need obviously appreciate it.

“This scheme could not work without the community and the help of TRIP and the Herald.”

Margaret Lewis is the curator at Honiton’s Allhallows Museum - the building is the oldest in Honiton.

She said: “I am happy to receive this - it’s a very nice award.

“I would like to thank all of the people who nominated me for the accolade.”

Carol and Margaret will receive their awards on Monday, June 1, at The Beehive.

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