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Canterbury Society names its new civic champion

The Canterbury Society has named former Business Improvement District chief executive Bob Jones as its new civic champion.

Mr Jones, who was a key figure in establishing the BID four years ago, was presented with his award at the society’s annual general meeting on Wednesday night.

Canterbury Connected BID describes itself as a “business-led, not-for-profit initiative” which works to ensure that there is continued investment in the city centre.

The Canterbury Society awards its civic champion award on bi-annual basis.

It recognises an individual’s outstanding contribution to life in Canterbury.

Bob Jones (centre) with Prof Richard Scase and Jan Pahl of the Canterbury Society

The society said: “Bob Jones was a key driver in setting up the Business Improvement District in Canterbury four years ago.

“It has achieved so much in improving the quality of the shopping experience in the city.

“Under his leadership, there has been a return of the annual Christmas lights, a reduction in street litter and graffiti, and the proliferation of hanging flower baskets.

“All these things have improved the attraction of the city as a shopping and tourist destination as well as the quality of life for local residents.

“Through his efforts, BID has achieved for Canterbury a gold in South and Southeast in Bloom.

“It also achieved the Community Champion Award in 2017 from Britain in Bloom and gained the national prestigious award of a Purple Flag for its vibrant night time economy that is both safe and enjoyable.

“Bob also established the Canterbury medieval pageant that is now in its successful third year.”

Mr Jones was presented with the civic champion award by Canterbury Society committee members Jan Pahl, who is its chairman, and business expert Prof Richard Scase.

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