Borough recognises shining young stars

The Young Stars of 2017
The Young Stars of 2017

Youngsters in the borough were rewarded for their hard work, determination and kindness this evening at a brand new glittering awards evening.

More than 130 people packed inside Scarborough Rugby Club for the first ever Young Stars Awards, recognising the efforts of the area's children.

More than 130 people packed into the rugby club for the occasion

More than 130 people packed into the rugby club for the occasion

Cllr Simon Green, mayor of Scarborough, said: "It was a wonderful occasion. Every single one of the children deserved recognition for their efforts. I am proud that there are so many children in the borough doing voluntary work, helping and caring, and do so without making a fuss. It was so difficult to judge and they are all winners tonight."

The Scarborough News, Whitby Gazette and the Filey & Hunmanby Mercury, plus Scarborough Borough Council and sponsor McCain, launched the awards with nominations flooding in for the eight categories.

Winners included 14-year-old Jamie Kay who scooped the Young Carer award for the role he plays in supporting his mother and father.

He said: "I really don't know how I cope to be honest."

The room was silent as an emotional tribute was read by host Carolyn Hodgson for Declan Carney-Anderson, known as Declan Superboy, who sadly passed away in December last year on the day of his 15th birthday.

Mum Sarah and Dad Craig collected the Special Recognition Award and said: "We are very proud of Declan. He was an amazing boy and now we have amazing memories of him. He overcame terrible illnesses and achieved great things.

"He made us very proud parents. If he was here now he'd be smiling and eating all the sweets."

The Max Payne Award was won by the inspirational Scarborough Athletic Frame Football Club.

Coach Shaun Tymon said: "It is brilliant to have received this award. We started this team this time last year and had a couple of players. Now we have 11 children and it is a privilege to be involved with them. The club allows these children to compete at the same level and it is fantastic to watch."

Danny Buckley, 15, picked up the Young Volunteer Award. He said: "It means a lot to me. I wasn't expecting to win at all. I am surprised but very happy."

Danny's mum accompanied him on stage and spoke of how proud she was of her son.

She said: "He is my right hand man. He is caring and passionate at what he does and I am very proud."

For more reaction to tonight's Young Stars Awards, take a look in Thursday's The Scarborough News.

Young Stars 2017 winners

- Act act of kindness by a youngster ( sponsored by Boyes) - Alex Potter

- Charity helping/campaigning (sponsored by Y H Training) - Kitty Jackson

- Courage over physical adversity (sponsored by Toymaster) - Lily Pitman

- Young Carer/s (sponsored by Yorkshire Coast Homes) - Jamie Kay

- Young entertainer/s (sponsored by The Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts) - Anne Taylor Academy of Dance

- Young Volunteer (sponsored by Scarborough Children’s University supported by University of Hull) - Danny Buckley

- Special recognition (sponsored by Clock Handyman) - Declan Carney-Anderson

- The Max Payne Award - Scarborough Athletic Frame Football Club