VIDEO: Town celebrates its local heroes at Pride in Doncaster Awards

The town celebrated some of its greatest residents last night at a glitzy ceremony for the Pride in Doncaster Awards 2013.

Locals donned their finery and headed to Doncaster Racecourse for an upbeat evening recognising some of the town’s many local heroes.

All the winners and high commended at the Pride in Doncaster Awards. Picture: Andrew Roe

All the winners and high commended at the Pride in Doncaster Awards. Picture: Andrew Roe

Breakfast DJ Danny Oakes was compere for the evening and announced the winners of 12 inspirational award categories.

Many of the town’s dignitaries were also in attendance, including Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones who gave a speech and presented a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mrs Jones said: “I’m proud to be born in Doncaster - this is my borough.

“I would like to thank each and every one of you for all that you do because I know you put in hours and hours of your own time to make this a better place for us to live and work and for our children to grow up in.

“People in your community and within this borough have recognised what you do and we should thank everyone for all the efforts they have put in.”

See next week’s Doncaster Free Press for a full round-up.

AWARD WINNERS

Love where you live award

Winner: Christine Holliday

Highly commended: Friends of Sandall Park

Council worker of the year award

Winner: Alan Maxfield

Highly commended: Mick Mulligan and Sam Lord

Service with a smile award

Winner: Martin Simpson

Highly commended: Clouds Community Counselling Service

Carer of the year award

Winner: Janet Hall

Highly commended: Andrea Towlerton

Educational person of the year award

Winner: Michelle Rushton

Inspirational young person award

Winner: Ellie Harper

Highly commended: Jamie Monks

Sporting hero award

Winner: Janet Arrowsmith

Highly commended: Joe Sutherland

Fundraiser of the year award

Winner: Barbara Senior

Highly commended: The Eve Merton Dreams Trust

Neighbourhood superstar award

Winner: Peter Singh

Highly commended: Barbara Senior

Bravery award

Winner: Cameron Shaw

Highly commended: Joanne Hobson

Special achievement in the community award

Winner: Peter Singh

Highly commended: James (Jim) Rafferty

Mayor’s lifetime achievement award

Winner: Diane Betts

Highly commended: Benny Wilkinson