Published May 11, 2017 at 11:30
Whitworth was the scene for celebration recently with local people gathering to commemorate the best of the town.
The Mayor of Whitworth, Councillor Madeline De Souza, hosted the big celebration evening in April, with awards handed out to some of those who have contributed most to the local community.
The Riverside Centre, on Market Street, was the venue for the evening with a special red carpet laid on for guests who were treated to a hot buffet and entertainment from local singer and guitarist, Graham Shellard along with a special appearance from John Alexander, ‘the singing jeweller’.
Residents, businesses and dignitaries from the local area were all in attendance to see a number of awards handed out in the following categories: ‘The Jack Wilkinson Young Achiever’s Award’, ‘Jeff Ogden Services to the Community Award’, ‘Voluntary Award’, ‘Best Business Contribution’ and ‘Bringing Communities Together’ awards.
Winners included Daisi Daniels, who competes as an alpine ski racer all over the world aged only 14; Brian Furness, the chair of Whitworth Historical Society; Emma Glendinning – who volunteers with the Shawforth community; Anglo Recycling Technology Ltd – a factory that has been in business in Whitworth for over 50 years; a Samba Dance group that runs 52 classes every week and helps students to enter competitions and Dawn and Martin Duffy of F Duffy and Son Funeral Directors – who won the Pride of Whitworth Award – for the work they do on a voluntary basis, supporting charities..
Councillor De Souza said:
It was a great honour and privilege to be able to host such a fantastic evening and say a small thank-you to our wonderful community. I would also like to thank the local businesses who generously donated some wonderful raffle prizes and helped me to raise an amazing £856 for my Mayoral Charity on the night and thank-you to everyone who helped make the event such a success