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May 1 2013.

To complete his term of office as Chair of Lewes District Council, Councillor Tony Nicholson hosted an event at Newhaven Fort to thank those who volunteer in the district. Volunteers from a wide spectrum of organisations including the Break Out Centre in Newhaven, Seaford Musical Theatre, Lewes Prison and St John Ambulance Service attended the event last Saturday.

Over 150 people enjoyed a buffet, music and a guided tour around the Fort. Councillor Tony Nicholson thanked those present for their contribution to the health and well being of Lewes district. Councillor Nicholson said: "I have been proud to attend many events during my year in office and it has become plain to me that the reservoir of goodwill in our relatively small district is immense. All the volunteers in the district are unsung heroes."

Maureen Smith who has volunteered for the People's Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) said: "It's been absolutely wonderful, with a lovely, friendly atmosphere."

Doris Dennis who has volunteered for the Break-Out Centre in Newhaven said that she was pleasantly surprised to receive an invitation and thoroughly enjoyed the event.

The volunteers who attended all work on the front-line and came from the world of heritage, transport, sport, religion and care, with a common denominator of being unsung heroes.