Veteran road safety campaigner Albert Smallwoods has received a special award from the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock, in recognition of more than half a century’s voluntary service trying to reduce carnage on the North West's roads.
Alderman McClintock invited Mr Smallwoods to the Mayor’s Parlour on Monday afternoon to collect the award. The Watersideman – who is now in his 52nd year of membership of the Foyle and District Road Safety Committee – is the only surviving member of the city’s first road safety committee, which was established in the mid-sixties.
Mr Smallwoods is also involved with the Londonderry Home Safety Committee, the Scout movement and St John Ambulance, and he is a diocesan representative on the Church of Ireland’s Bishops’ Appeal Committee for the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe. He was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 1993.