A HAY man has been named the town's Citizen of the Year after battling through intense pain to help others.

Kelvyn Jenkins was presented with his award by Mayor Trudy Stedman at a ceremony in the parish hall.

He was honoured for the work that he carried out in conjunction with the Royal British Legion in organising a number of commemorative events in and around the town to honour servicemen and women who have given their lives.

The event, held over a weekend in the summer of 2018 to commemorate the end of WW1, was an outstanding success.

What made his efforts even more laudable was the fact that he was suffering from immense pain from a back injury.

The annual award, organised by Hay Town Council, is to recognise any individual who voluntarily gives their time to improve the life and well-being of Hay and it’s residents.

But this year an additional special award was handed out to the volunteers of Hay Dial - A – Ride.

The local community transport charity is celebrating its 25th year of operation later this year and its success would not have possible without the commitment of the volunteers who provide a much-needed service.

Councillor Stedman said: “Nominations were received for two quite different nominees and although Kelvyn was the choice for Citizen of the Year, it made the town council realise that we needed an additional award for groups.

"I was really pleased that the decision was made to honour both nominees and that in future there will be two awards”.