WEST NORFOLK: Glittering ceremony honours heroic youngsters
Pride in children and teenagers who have shown courage, kindness, unselfishness and personal achievement was recognised at the West Norfolk Young Hero Awards on Sunday.
Six awards were presented in a glittering ceremony at Lynn Town Hall after a short video provided by local radio station hosts KL.FM 96.7 about each of the recipients to show why they were worthy winners.
It was a memorable afternoon for the short-listed nominees and their families, who were greeted on arrival at the centuries-old Stone Hall by borough mayor Geoffrey Wareham and his wife Mary, the mayoress, and deputy borough mayor Garry Sandell and his wife Jenny, the deputy mayoress, in full robes and regalia.
Among the welcoming line-up were Norfolk’s High Sheriff Henry Cator, Chief Inspector Ady Porter, of Lynn police, and RAF Marham representatives, Wing Commander Neil Tomlin, officer commanding the base support wing, deputising for the station commander, and Squadron Leader Jonathan White, officer commanding 2620 (County of Norfolk) Squadron RAF Regiment.
The civic sword and mace-bearers, also in full costume, lined up behind the mayoral party then led them into the main hall, where the VIPs sat at tables with the nominees and their families to enjoy food provided by Gez Chetal, owner of Lynn’s Duke’s Head Hotel.
Lynn-based band Jessie’s Ghost, a previous winner of the radio station’s Battle of the Bands, provided live music while the guests ate and radio station mascot Super Trooper Bear entertained the younger children.
KL.FM’s breakfast programme presenter Adam Newstead was compere for the main event, which began with the achievement through education award. This was won by Nadine McCrory, from South Wootton, who was unwell. It was accepted on her behalf by her sister, Lydia, from the radio station’s managing director Darren Taylor.
Eleven-year-old Cameron Hammond, from Sutton Bridge, received the emergency services award from Ch Insp Porter, and young carer Chloe Moore, from Ten Mile Bank, was presented with the volunteer of the year award from Sqn Ldr White.
The carer of the year award went to Ebony Abraham, 14, from Dersingham, who accepted it from the High Sheriff.
There were two winners of the mayor’s special award, seven-year-old Cole Fowler, from Wimbotsham, and 14-year-old Connor Walker, from Snettisham.
In conclusion, Mr Taylor said: “Children are often portrayed negatively but this event shows they have much more to offer the community... The six we have met today really are young heroes.”
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