THE WINNER of 2013's Tiptonian of the Year was presented with the prestigious award last week at a dinner in the town's Conservative Club.
Betty Johnson became this year's Tiptonian for her ceaseless volunteer work, and was run a close second by joint-nominees Ann Roberts and Pauline Roper.
Betty is the 22nd winner of the award, which has been offered since 1992 to members of the local community who have given freely of their time and effort for no financial gain. She received her award from Chris Martin, chief executive of the award's sponsors, the Tipton and Coseley Building Society.
Betty was nominated by Community Libraries Manager Robert Hazel, who paid her a glowing tribute:
"Betty typifies all that is good about the Tiptonian Award. A genuine volunteer who gives her time freely to others and for no personal gain.
"When the library hosts its local history events or reminiscence sessions she is always first to volunteer her time, either telling local students of her life in the area (always with a smile) or running refreshments tables in aid of local charities.
"She is a friend to all those groups she sits on and they are too numerous to mention. She never sits in judgement but offers support and advice to all those who need it.
"Betty is a volunteer reader in local schools and attends many community events, usually as a friend of Tipton Library.
"She is a great ambassador for the town and at a time when most people are winding down she is still full of energy and pride for Tipton."