LITTER pickers, festival organisers and choirs were recognised for their hard work at the annual Romsey Mayor’s at Home Awards.

The annual event, hosted by the Mayor and Mayoress of Romsey, returned last week to the council chamber of Romsey Town Hall.

Community heroes and organisations were thanked and rewarded for their contributions to the town on Tuesday, March 12.

Beggars Fair marks 30 years with this summer’s event on Saturday, July 13. David Vane, Bridget Field and Gary Poole accepted an award on behalf of the organising committee, thanking them for all the work they put into hosting one of the biggest events in Romsey – bringing thousands of visitors into venues and spaces across the town.

Hampshire Chronicle: The Beggars Fair teamThe Beggars Fair team (Image: Romsey Town Council)

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Mayor of Romsey, Cllr John Ray highlighted the uniqueness of the festival. He said: “The talent we get to enjoy celebrates all genres across music and entertainment and it is brilliant to see there is so much on offer for all ages.”

Hampshire Chronicle: Liz Wagner and Dick Hewitt from Romsey FestivalLiz Wagner and Dick Hewitt from Romsey Festival (Image: Romsey Town Council)

Litter pickers Jan and Peter Morton were recognised for their dedication to keeping Romsey clean, they can be spotted hard at work around the town come rain or shine. The pair were delighted by the unexpected award.

The 2023 Romsey Festival team was celebrated for the amazing arts they brought to Romsey last summer with 250 events hosted over 16 days. Liz Wagner and Dick Hewitt were there to receive the award and dedicated their thanks to colleague Mark Edgerley who died earlier this year, who had worked with the team to make the festival such a great success.

Choirs were also awarded for their dedication and professionalism to music in Romsey, including the Training Children’s Choir, The Youth Choir, The Chamber Choir and the Romsey Male Voice Choir.  Marion and Chris Maxey couldn't make it so will receive their award from the Mayor at a later date.