Stars to shine bright during awards evening

UNSUNG stars of the Scarborough area are set to shine brightly at this year’s Borough’s Big Thank You Awards.

A glamourous ceremony celebrating the borough’s finest community heroes takes place on Wednesday, giving recognition to the many heroic deeds of local residents.

The awards, run in partnership between the Evening News and Scarborough Council, attracted more than 80 entries for a raft of individuals and community groups whose benevolence and kind nature deserve to go unnoticed no longer.

Mayor of the borough of Scarborough, Cllr Hazel Lynskey, said she was delighted to be able to reward the best of what the area has to offer.

She said: “There are so many people in the borough who give their time and energy to help others in a voluntary capacity - our unsung heroes.

“The Borough’s Big Thank You Awards gives us an opportunity to recognise their achievements and reward individuals and groups for their community spirit.”

Featuring eight categories, the awards include sections such as Courage over Adversity wherein Amelia Scholey was nominated for her fight to raise £10,000 for the British Heart Foundation and the Live Life and then Give Life charity.

The awards also have a Good Neighbour category, with Filey’s Ken Barr nominated for his sterling work in clearing paths for elderly residents during the heavy snow showers of January and Colin Charles, who as chairman of the Residents and Friends of Trafalgar Square group, has helped bring about a renaissance of the area.

Scarborough YMCA director of productions Kerry Nicholson was nominated in the Performing Arts section for her work in inspiring local youngsters, with Whitby musician Ken Thwaites praised for his help teaching youngsters.

The awards also feature a Heritage and Environment category which attracted a huge response.

The Peasholm Park Friends were put forward for their work in maintaining on one Scarborough’s focal points, with the Friends of Filey Parks, Osgodby in Bloom and Hunmanby in Bloom also given recognition.

Youngsters Laura Evans and Ben Jenkins formed two of the many nominations for the Care and Support in the Community category for their help with Scarborough Disabled Swimming Group and were joined by 14-year-old Connor Knight in the Young Achiever award for similar feats.

Dance teacher Kevin O’Connor was one name of many in the Artistic and Cultural Development section, with 11-year-old Scarborough schoolgirl Eleanor Wood - who has given hundreds of pounds of birthday money to charity - recognised for the Charitable Fundraising title.

The ceremony takes place at the Spa from 6pm.