Welwyn Garden City man wins third prestigious Good Neighbour Award

EMOTIONS have run high with a mixture of tears and happiness during our hunt for Times Territory perfect neighbour. However, now after three months the Good

EMOTIONS have run high with a mixture of tears and happiness during our hunt for Times Territory "perfect" neighbour.

However, now after three months the Good Neighbour Award has come to an end but not before we tell you about the latest victor.

Michael O'Neil, of Howlands in WGC, has been crowned the well-deserved third winner of our prestigious honour.

The dad-of-two and grandad-of-one "one of the best natured young men in the world" was nominated by disabled next-door neighbour Joan Dickens, 81, for doing odd jobs.


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And, because of this he has won a fabulous �100 hamper, courtesy of Tesco, filled with luxury food and drink.

When the Welwyn & Hatfield Times broke the good news to Michael, 50, he beamed: "I am quite shocked.

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"I just help her with whatever she needs.

"Joan's a good old girl and I don't mind."

The engineer, who has lived next door to Joan for nine years, added: "She always looks out for me and the house."

And what advice would he give to other neighbours?

"You have to live next to each other so you might as well get on," he said.

Upon hearing the good news that her "perfect" neighbour had won, mum-of-three and grandmother-of-six Joan said: "I am so exhilarated.

"It's a coincidence he bought the house next door as I used to babysit for his brother when he was younger.

"He is a wonderful, wonderful man - the best neighbour anyone could have."

Joan, who used to be a childminder, said Michael puts out her brown bin, cuts her hedge, sweeps up and takes stuff to the tip.

She added: "He's just like my son, and there is nothing he wouldn't do for me.

"He deserves it and I am absolutely delighted.

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