THE unsung heroes of Torbay will be in the sights of the council’s new chairman Jane Barnby over the next year.
The theme for her year in the top council chair is those of all ages whose contribution to the community go unrecognised.
The Goodrington with Roselands Conservative councillor has taken over the top role from Ellacombe UKIP councillor Julien Parrott.
Her vice-chairman is St Marychurch Tory councillor Ray Hill.
Mrs Barnby, who is head of physiotherapy at Mount Stuart Hospital in Torquay, is shunning the tradition of a civic ball at a posh hotel this year but plans a community party in the park.
She wants to invite as her guests those people who quietly but diligantly support their local community, whether running the Brownies group or visiting the elderly.
“I want it to be a celebration of their achievements. It is for the quiet ones whose work we would not normally hear about who have been doing this for years and years.”