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Husband and wife rewarded

SHIRLEY stalwarts Malcolm and Ann Turner have been honoured for their decades of community work.

SHIRLEY stalwarts Malcolm and Ann Turner have been honoured for their decades of community work.

The husband-and-wife team, who run Shirley Residents’ Association, received the Solihull Civic Honour on Monday.

They were nominated for the community involvement gong by Shirley West police officers.

“We were over the moon when we heard the news. We have lived in Shirley almost 50 years,” said 73-year-old Malcolm.

“Ann was actually born in Haslucks Green Road, though I’m a Brummie originally.”

Three years ago, the couple stepped in to run the residents’ association, following the death of chairman Bernard Price.

“The group was set up in 1937, the same year I was born, and we didn’t want to see it disappear,” explained Malcolm.

“Over the years, we’ve done our best to represent the interests of the bulk of local people.

“The big concern is obviously the development of Shirley town centre - the plan’s been on the table since 1985.

“Most people aren’t happy about losing green space in an area where there’s already less than elsewhere in Solihull.”

Malcolm and Ann, 71, have also been involved in the scouts, school PTAs and the running of the Shirley Institute.

Sergeant Alistair Heathcote, who leads the local neighbourhood team, said the award was thoroughly deserved.

 

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