Scarborough celebrates a night of the stars

STARS of Scarborough shone brightly last night at an awards ceremony celebrating their remarkable achievements.

Stars of Scarborough shone brightly last night at an awards ceremony celebrating their remarkable achievements.

The community champions were rewarded during an Oscars-style Big Thank You Awards.

More than 80 people were nominated for the borough ceremony which attracted a packed audience of around 250 guests at the Spa Ocean Room.

The event was organised in conjunction with the Evening News and Scarborough Council.

Connor Knight, 14, scooped the Young Achiever Award – and the Scarborough Evening News Award for help with disabled people to swim.

Ellie’s Fund Youth Committee – set up in memory of Scarborough schoolgirl Ellie Othick-Bowmaker to raise money for brain tumour research – were winners in the Charitable Fundraising category and the Max Payne MBE Annual Award.

Ellie’s mother, Heather, said she was delighted and hoped her daughter’s legacy would live on through their fundraising efforts.

Amelia Scholey, 23, scooped the award for Courage over Adversity for a campaign to raise £10,000 for British Heart Foundation and Live Life then Give Life following a heart transplant.

Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre scooped the Artistic and Cultural Development title for the second year running, with Ken Barr, of Filey, crowned Good Neighbour.

Surfer Steve Crawford rode high to claim the Heritage and the Environment class, with Whitby musician Ken Thwaites striking the right note in the Performing Arts category.

Christopher Agar, 17, of Lythe, near Whitby, won the Care and Support in the Community honour for his tireless work at the village hall, and The Mayor’s Award went to the work done by the Pop In Club at Eastfield Community Centre. The main sponsor was Riverside Motors Seamer.