JOHN Price received a standing ovation on receiving the Joe Rose Lifetime Achievement Award.
Fellow councillor and long-term friend Reggie Jones told guests: “This award is made in honour of Joe Rose who as many of you will know was a great ambassador for Blacon, a community he loved and worked tirelessly for over a lifetime to promote positive images of what makes it such a special place.”
Referring to Mr Price, who attended the event with his wife, former city councillor Ethel Price, Cllr Jones said: “This man has worked tirelessly to ensure Blacon does not miss out.”
He added: “Put simply this man is a very special person and a man who I am proud to call friend.
“It is difficult to articulate the many achievements of this man in such a short introduction to the award.
“His contribution goes far beyond the boundaries of Blacon, far beyond the boundaries of Chester. He is someone who has worked hard to promote international links with our twin towns of Sens, Senigallia and Lorrach and direct beneficiaries of that have been Blacon schoolchildren among many others who have travelled to those towns to compete in the International Youth Games.”
Cllr Jones told how long lasting lasting friendships had been made as a result of such links.
In tribute to Mr Price’s efforts closer to home, he also told how Mr Price helped to shape and influence residents and was the driving force behind levering £3.5 million into Blacon as part of the Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder programme, which has served to transform quality of life, opportunities and the creation of the Blacon Education Village (BEV) and which continues to transform the academic achievements and perceptions of Blacon schools.
“Tonight is testimony to our dedicated teaching community and our mantra should continue to be ‘Blacon schools, the schools of choice’.
“These are our kids and we should be proud of them,” said Cllr Jones.
Mr Price was also noted for championing the cause of disability through his work with the Parkinson’s Society, and in his work in making Chester “the accessible city”
in an effort to create a greater fairness in society, especially for those with disabilities.