Wetherby’s townsperson of the year revealed

Townsperson of the Year Joanne Maltby. (1408273AM4)
Townsperson of the Year Joanne Maltby. (1408273AM4)
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The winner of this year’s townsperson has been announced after unanimous votes in her favour.

Joanne Maltby, the woman behind the successful networking company Wetherby Hour, was selected by the judging panel for her determination to get the town on the map.

Comprising Wetherby Mayor Coun Harry Chapman, last year’s winner Claire Stubbs, and Lion President Terry Burns, the panel presented Joanne with an engraved silver salver and certificate, recognising her achievement.

Joanne said: “I kind of knew it was happening because the guys that do Wetherby Hour started a campaign, but I didn’t think for one minute that I would be chosen.

“There are so many people in Wetherby who do something special, which it what makes the town so good.”

Wetherby Hour is the most recognised networking programme for an individual town and the highest ranking on Twitter and is not yet two years old.

Joanne, aged 40, married to husband Garry and mother to Jacob, aged 13, and Alex, aged 4, set up the company while working in the food and drink industry with Deliciously Yorkshire, but devoted herself to it in 2013 after being made redundant.

“Thinking about it now, it is putting Wetherby on the lips of thousands of people,” she said.

“I think Wetherby Hour is giving the town a bit more of a voice and allowing them to have a wider reach beyond Wetherby, and it is giving them a bit more confidence.

“A lot of the guys we work with don’t really know how to promote themselves.

“It isn’t the done thing to shout about yourself, so it is about changing people’s perspectives.”