Mayor of Tamworth Richard Kingstone

Mayor’s ‘Be Tamworth’ initiative back to reward community spirit and increase pride

A community initiative to thank the individuals, groups and businesses who have a positive impact on the people of Tamworth is back and open for nominations.

For his second stint as Mayor of Tamworth, Richard Kingstone has brought back the ‘Be Tamworth’ initiative he introduced when he previously served as mayor five years ago.

The idea is for people to nominate anyone in Tamworth who has a positive impact on their community. This could be the businesses which support the town, the groups doing great work in their local area, aspirational young people and community-spirited residents, right down to the individual who regularly mows their neighbour’s lawn.

Those nominated will be invited to a celebration in the Town Hall with the Mayor, where they will be presented with a special ‘Be Tamworth’ lapel badge. The badge is designed to be a symbol of pride in their achievements, in their community and in their town. The idea is that people will wear their badges when they are out and about and that these will serve as conversation starters, providing the opportunity to spread the word about Tamworth as a great town, with great people.

Richard said: “I see my role as Mayor being to promote Tamworth and its people. Sometimes people don’t have confidence in themselves, but I want everyone to feel proud of themselves and their town. I am going to make it my objective to try to motivate the people of Tamworth to make themselves and their town better through the use of this chain and this gown.

“So I’ve decided now is the time to bring back the Be Tamworth badges I awarded during my first stint as mayor. This is where individuals can nominate their fellow citizens who have made a positive impact on their community, however big or small. They will then be invited into the Town Hall for a celebration, drinks and food and to be awarded their Be Tamworth badges.”

“I gave out more than 300 badges last time during a number of celebratory evenings and it would be great if we could do at least the same again. It doesn’t matter if someone has been nominated before; if they are still having a positive impact on the people of Tamworth, then they deserve to be thanked for their continuing efforts. So please start nominating and tell me about what these brilliant people are doing!”

To nominate an individual (of any age), group or business for a Be Tamworth award, please email the mayor at, or write to The Mayor of Tamworth, Tamworth Borough Council, Marmion House, Lichfield Street, Tamworth, B79 7BZ.

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