A Royal British Legion stalwart who has served the Witney community for decades has been recognised for his work.

Don Deaney, 78, of Curbridge Road, has been awarded Citizen of the Year by Witney Town Council.

Mr Deaney is vice chairman, welfare officer, caseworker and appeal collector for the Witney branch of Royal British Legion (RBL), which he joined 20 years ago.

He is also a caseworker for the Royal Air Force Association, has been secretary and caseworker for the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) and is caseworker and secretary of the Canal Zoners.

All the organisations provide care and support for former servicemen and Mr Deaney, a retired electrician, regularly visits them at home.

Asked why he had chosen to help so many organisations, he said: “I was just interested.

“I thought I had time so why not do something, rather than just sit around and do nothing.

“I enjoying meeting ex-servicemen. They are always very interesting to talk to.”

Mr Deaney also works for Age Concern, was a Neighbourhood Watch officer and is a trustee at Swinford Museum, in Filkins.

He was given the accolade at an awards ceremony during the mayor of Witney’s civic reception at Langdale Hall.

Daphne Barton, 86, of Dark Lane, was awarded Certificate of Outstanding Contribution for volunteering at Witney Hospital for the last 30 years.

She visits patients to hand out refreshments every Monday, Friday and Sunday and even volunteers on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Jeff Hill, captain of the Church Army, was awarded Certificate of Outstanding Commitment to Public Service for creating Witney’s late night cafe and street pastors.

His team of 27 volunteers provides hot drinks, refreshments and care for late night revellers from 11pm until 3.30am on Saturday nights in Witney.