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Trescothick receives Citizenship Award

A campaign by BBC Somerset Sound has led to Marcus Trescothick's achievements in the Ashes being officially recognised by Taunton Deane Borough Council.

Marcus Trescothick

The Mayor of Taunton Deane, Richard Lees, presented the cricketer with the Taunton Deane Citizenship Award on Wednesday 21 September.

The England and Somerset opener was recognised for "his fantastic achievements in the Ashes Series and also his contribution to Somerset County Cricket".

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The Citizenship Award publicly acknowledges and gives thanks to residents who make a real difference to people's lives and positively contribute to the community in the Taunton area.

Free the Somerset One!

Staff at BBC Somerset Sound are claiming victory after they started a campaign to ask Taunton Deane Borough Council to reward Trescothick with the Freedom of the Borough.

Jeremy Browne MP
Taunton's MP signed the petition

A number of local people and dignitaries, including the town's MP, Jeremy Browne, signed a petition to show their support.

The campaign gathered momentum and also received coverage on BBC Points West and in a number of local newspapers.

Simon Clifford, Assistant Editor of BBC Somerset Sound, said: "We wanted recognition from Taunton Deane Borough Council for our Marcus and all he's achieved this year.

"I think the Citizenship Award is a fantastic gesture on their part, and we would like to thank everyone who supported our campaign. This is a victory for the community."

Freeman of Keynsham

Marcus Trescothick is also to be made a freeman of the town where he was born: Keynsham town councillors agreed at a meeting on Monday 3 October to recommend the honour for the 29-year-old.

Somerset County Council's Chairman Alan Gloak will also present him with the Chairman's Award - an embroidered County Coat of Arms.

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andrew knight
marcus was douted but he proved people well done marcus

joe ryan from keynsham
being from keynsham its brilliant to have someone famous has had the recognition

He should be honoured forever and don't forget he was teh second highest run-scorer in the series

Congratulations Marcus, very well deserved. Other players were stealing the headlines, but his contributions throughtout the series were vital. England's unsung hero!!

he is a great player and also a great ambassador off the field!!!

Chris Anderson
Totally deserved! Naturally the best batsmen we've got its amazing how often commentators say there was not feet movement as tres smacks the ball to the boundary - well done Marcus!!

what a legend.

Kevin Redpath
What a fantastic way for Taunton to honour his magnificent contribution to cricket and his courage, sportsmanship and batting talent throughout the Ashes series

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