Recognition for community work

Back row: Sarah McKnight, assistant head of Year 11 at Whitley Bay High School; David Walton, head of Year 11 at Monkseaton Community High School; Steve Wilson, headteacher at Whitley Bay High; Coun Tommy Mulvenna; Tracy Crowder, headteacher at Monkseaton Community High; Duncan Thurlow, head of Year 11 at Whitley Bay High; Tracy Willis, deputy headteacher at Monkseaton Community High.'Seated: students Courtney Rendles (MCHA), Patrick Quinn (WBHA),  Annis Britton (WBHS), Carla Melaco (MCHS), and President David Wilkinson (middle).
Back row: Sarah McKnight, assistant head of Year 11 at Whitley Bay High School; David Walton, head of Year 11 at Monkseaton Community High School; Steve Wilson, headteacher at Whitley Bay High; Coun Tommy Mulvenna; Tracy Crowder, headteacher at Monkseaton Community High; Duncan Thurlow, head of Year 11 at Whitley Bay High; Tracy Willis, deputy headteacher at Monkseaton Community High.'Seated: students Courtney Rendles (MCHA), Patrick Quinn (WBHA), Annis Britton (WBHS), Carla Melaco (MCHS), and President David Wilkinson (middle).

Youngsters have been honoured for their work in the community.

Over the last 70 years, the Rotary Club of Whitley Bay has been recognising the outstanding achievements of young citizens in the community by awarding them Civic Cups.

And this year the awards were handed out by North Tyneside Council chairman Coun Tommy Mulvenna to Monkseaton High School pupils Courtney Rendles and Carla Melaco, and Whitley Bay High School pair Patrick Quinn and Annis Britton.

All the winners gave a brief outline to club members and visitors as to why their school had nominated them for these special awards.

Club president David Wilkinson said: “We were delighted to hear about the wonderful contributions they have made to our community.

“It is refreshing to hear what these young people have been able to achieve.”

Once the students had been presented with their cups and cash prizes the club was delighted to invite the students and staff for an evening meal, which was rounded off with an entertaining speech by Coun Mulvenna.