KNUTSFORD Town Ranger Bob Garner is in line for a ‘superhero’ accolade to recognise his contribution to keeping the town looking its best.

Bob has been in the job for only 18 months, during which he has become a popular and valued member of the community.

Bob is employed by Knutsford Town Council, and the range of jobs he carries out includes clearing weeds and leaves, cleaning road signs, cutting back branches obscuring signs and painting benches.

His efforts have seen him being chosen as a finalist in the Active Cheshire Active Neighbourhood Superhero Awards.

Bob, who lives in Knutsford, is one of seven finalists, one of which will receive the award at Chester Racecourse on September 25.

Bob will be attending the awards ceremony with his wife Zoe, who owns Mobberley Cottage Cattery, and was put forward for the award by a member of the public.

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Bob worked on the Wallwood floral project

“I’m really chuffed to be nominated, and would like to thank the person very much for putting my name forward,” he said.

“News of the nomination came out of the blue, and it’s lovely to be recognised for something you do.

“I get a great deal of satisfaction helping to make the town look fabulous, and it makes a real difference when people come up to me and compliment me on the work I’m doing.

“The people in Knutsford are lovely, and look after their town. I am just there to help put the cherry on top of the cake.

“I enjoy meeting the public as part of my job, and people regularly come up to me with requests for me to give a particular area some attention.”

Bob joined the town council in March last year, and has improved the appearance of the town immensely, including recently introducing planters and flowers at the front of 60 King Street.

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Some of the flowers planted up by Bob

“A big congratulations to Bob on being a finalist in the awards,” said town clerk Adam Keppel-Green.

“We will find out the winner in September, but what a fantastic achievement, and thank you to whoever took the time to nominate Bob.”

Before taking up his role Bob had not used twitter, but since becoming the town ranger has embraced it to help him in his work, receiving scores of requests from the public for areas which need attention.

People can see the results of all his hard work on his twitter page in the numerous before-and-after pictures he has taken.

If anyone has something they would like Bob to look into they can tweet him at @townranger or contact the town council on 01565 653929.