THE unsung heroes of the community were celebrated at the Observer Community Awards last night.
Held this year in association with Goodwood-based Rolls Royce, the awards recognised the people who deserve acknowledgement for their valuable and tireless contribution to the wider community.
Regional television presenter Fred Dinenage hosted the festive evening, which was held at Butlins in Bognor Regis.
A whole host of inspiring and heart-rending stories of real community spirit were discovered during the evenin.
Observer editor Colin Channon said: “The awards are one of my favourite events during the year. Each year we hear about some amazing people, their achievements, the time they give to helping others and the extra mile people go to make other people’s lives better.
“This year’s awards were no different. There were some very moving stories and incredibly worthy winners and I would like to say a big congratulations to everyone involved.
“It is always good to be able to recognise this work in public.”
Best Coach - Hailey Hodd and Jake Curran
Biggest Contribution to Arts in the Community - Regis Centre
Sports Team of the Year - Bognor Regis Town FC
Best Sportsperson - Brian Towner
Best School - The Regis School
School Star - Rose Simmons
Mini Hero - Finnan Campbell
Shirley Henry Best Volunteer - Debbie Marsh
Best Local Voluntary/ Charity - City Angels
Hero to Animals - Richard Edwards
Super Senior - Marjorie Bishop
Best Community Person - Wendy Morris
Outstanding Bravery - Charlie Oldfield and Dylon Tillyard
Voice of the Community - Ian ‘Fergie’ Ferguson
Best Community Event - Selsey Lifeboat Week
Special Recognition - Phil Packer
Editor’s Choice - Festival of Chichester committee
Observer Award for Special Achievement - Daniel Nagle
For all the pictures and interviews with the winners, see next week’s Observer (Thursday 19)