Your last chance to back Barry!
Mansfield's Superhero Street Sweeper Barry Snowdon finds out this Thursday is he has been named Council Worker of the Year - so, if you haven't done so already, there's just enough time to vote for him!
Barry is a well-known and well-loved face on his rounds in Warsop, where he is renowned for the high standard to which he keeps the streets clean.
Last summer, he rushed to the rescue when he saw a private highways truck containing high-pressure gas bottles and other highly flammable items on fire only yards away from the BP petrol station on Sherwood Streetin Warsop.
He ran into the petrol station, grabbed the fire-extinguisher and fought the fire single-handedly, sustaining burns to his arms in the process.
In March 2007, Barry came to the aid of Warsop woman Maxine Kimberley, whose bag had been stolen.
Barry chased after the thief and held him down until the police arrived, returning the stolen handbag in the process.
Since this campaign has been running, other stories about Barry's heroics have come to light, including finding the stolen car-keys of Warsop man John Frichley and saving him more than £250 it would have taken to have them replaced.
High-profile Barry backers include the TV celebrity Noel Edmonds, who honoured Barry earlier in the year on his Sky 1 show, Noel's HQ,and Bassetlaw MP, John Mann.
Mansfield's Executive Mayor, Tony Egginton, commented: "We are all, rightly, proud of Barry and of the amazing acts of bravery he has carried out and of his hard work and dedication to duty."
"On behalf of Mansfield District Council, I would like to thank all of those who have taken the time and effort to vote for Barry – it is very much appreciated."
"If you haven't done so already, I hope you will vote for Barry, our local superhero because he truly deserves to win this award and I await the results on Thursday."
You can vote for Barry by text message: simply text LGATV 9 BarrySto 80039.All text messages are charged at your standard network rate or you can log on to www.mansfield.gov.uk/backbarry, where as well as a link to the voting site, you can also find out more about Barry and the awards.
Voting runs until 12noon this Tursday, 2 July. The results will be announced on the same evening at a gala awards dinner in Harrogate at the climax of the Local Government Association Conference.