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Citizen Awards

The Honoured Citizen and Junior Good Citizen Awards have been running for many years in Diss. The awards are given to nominated individuals who go above and beyond to help the community. ​


2023 winner: Gabrielle Pagan


The winner of the 2023 Diss Honoured Citizen Award is Gabrielle Pagan who was recognised for her dedication to supporting groups in the community aswell as those with complex needs. Gabrielle hosts the Dove Dementia Cafe at The United Reformed Church, the 'Welcome Cafe', the Dove Song Plus group and runs a Ukranian Social Group. She is also chairperson for the Churches Together Group. A very well deserved winner!


We also awarded a Special Recognition Award to Yvonne Henson for over 30 years of service to Diss Junior School, originally as a cleaner and midday assistant and for the last 19 years, a much-loved lollipop lady.  

Congratulations to both on your awards!

Yvonne Henson receiving her special recognition award
Gabrielle Pagan received award for Honoured Citizen of Diss

How to nominate:

The two award categories are:

  • Junior Good Citizen – for any young person between 5 and 18 years who lives in Diss or attends school in Diss

  • Honoured Citizen – for anyone else.

Nominees can include people who run a club, raise funds for charities or who are always there to help neighbours or vulnerable people in the community. Nominations must include two proposers, both of whom should be residents of Diss (for Honoured Citizen this cannot be a relative).

How do I nominate?


Awards will be presented at the Annual Town Meeting.

Recipients names will be inscribed on the Roll of Honour Board in the Council Chamber at the Corn Hall.

View the regulations for nominating 

We've been recognising our community heroes since 1994...

Honoured Citizens

Charles Gardener (1994), Henry Judd (1995), Arthur Wood JP (1996), David Bell & Reginald Wright (1998), Gladys Hancock (1999), Jack Lee (2000), Denis Clarke (2001), The Revd. Ben Sasada (2002), Geoffrey Tebble (2004), Francis Bradley (2005), Michael Booty (2006), Clifford Bird & Stuart Ballantyne (2007), Sue Brazier (2008), Basil Abbott (2009), Anne Dutton (2010), Doreen Collins (2011), Alan Rowe (2012), William (aka Billy) Turner (2013), no nominations received in 2014, Suzanne Kayne (2015), Pete Gillings (2016), Harold Rackham & Elizabeth Dewhurst (2017), Jamie Scales & Jack Bell (2018), Jim Bidwell (2019), Andrew Rackham (2020), Anne Beckett-Allen (2021), George Waterman & Lou Hines (2022), Gabrielle Pagan (2023).

Junior Good Citizens

Laura Turner (2002), Jonathan Chambers & Claire Rogers (2007), Alice Baillie (2008), Jordan Longshaw, Robin Lemon, Archie Hewitt, Alfie Hewitt (2009), Ryan Howell (2011), Aston Taylor (2012), Shelby Baker (2013), Thomas Kembery (2014), Ellen Nicholas (2015), Owen Leeder (2016), no nominations received in 2017, Rheuben Botwright & Kieran Murphy (2018), Zinhle Moyo (2019), Callum Doe (2020), Lily Mills (2021), Plamena Marinova (2022).

Honorary Aldermen

Cyril Grace (2005), Glyn Walden (2012)

Freedom of the Town

The Royal Anglian Regiment (2012)

Honorary Freeman of the Town of Diss

Sgt Duncan Slater (2018)

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