A special awards ceremony to honour unsung heroes in Peterborough has taken place for the first time.
Town Hall hosted the newly-established Civic Awards on Wednesday (February 25).
The winners in six categories each received their award from the Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor David Over, during the evening’s ceremony.
The idea for the awards came from the council’s cross-party Honours Panel.
Cllr Peter Hiller, chairman of the panel, opened the awards at 6.30pm. He said: “I’d like to say a huge congratulations to all the Civic Award recipients.
“It is people and groups like this who make such a difference by just quietly getting on with what needs doing without much recognition or reward.
“We launched the Civic Awards to give something back to those people, say a big thank you on behalf of the whole city, and recognise the great work that they do.
“The panel spent much time deliberating which of the nominees should receive an accolade and in some categories we had no choice but to bestow more than one award as the standard of entries was so high.”
The winners in each category were:
• Ted and Shirley Sargeant for playing an active role in supporting residents to live comfortably via the Bluebell Community Association, setting up a wildlife garden and establishing a quarterly newspaper.
• Hampton Community Sports Association for improving the opportunities for residents to participate in community multi-sports.
• John Cant for playing an active role in supporting the social aspects of life in Maxey village.
• Tony Lambert for helping to protect people and property by volunteering as a flood warden since 2001.
• Marlene Stalker for voluntarily supporting a lunch group for adults with learning disabilities at 49 Lincoln Road.
• Ken Doughty for organising community events in Glinton, being a scout leader for 50 years and community governor at Arthur Mellows Village College for 32 years.
• 1st Sensory Legion for enabling disabled people and sensory impaired people to access film and television.
• Hampton Community Sports Association for providing affordable multi-sports for 12,000 residents living in Hampton.
• Genadijus Skutel for organising inter-nationality football tournaments since 2009.
• Brian Pearce for his work at the Railworld Wildlife Haven which benefits the environment and the community.
• Matt Newton for setting a great example to his peers of how to work hard, support and encourage others and lead.
Contribution to Art and Culture
• Mask Theatre for producing successful theatre productions in Peterborough for many years.
• Diane Goldsmith for inspiring young people to be creative, have better access to arts facilities and for their talents to be recognised.
• Steponas Bronius Vaitkevicius for being a leader of the Lithuanian Society and head of various organisations spanning 30 years of voluntary service.
Nominations for the 2015/16 Civic Awards will open in the summer. Further details about how to apply will be released nearer the time.