Unsung heroes are honoured for their work

Alex Gravell (right) receives her prize from Young Mayor Abbie Armstrong and council chairman Coun Gary Bell.
Alex Gravell (right) receives her prize from Young Mayor Abbie Armstrong and council chairman Coun Gary Bell.

Unsung heroes have been honoured for their tireless and selfless work in the community.

Nearly 60 commendations and awards were presented to individuals and groups as part of the Chairman’s Awards by North Tyneside Council.

And some of the winners were presented with their prizes in front of a packed audience of family and friends by council chairman Coun Gary Bell.

He personally thanked everyone for their dedication to the community, for their kindness, time and effort and the many positive effects their efforts have made to the local community.

Coun Bell said: “There are many people in this borough who work tirelessly for the benefit of others, and with no thought of financial reward or official recognition.

“This Awards Scheme is our way of congratulating these special people by recognising their efforts and paying tribute to the tremendous work they do for others.

“They are our local heroes and on behalf of the borough I want to say a big ‘thank you’ for the great work they do each and every day.”

The prestigious Young Mayor’s Award was won this year by Alexandra Gravell of Camperdown, who also won a Silver Award)

The 18-year-old was nominated by her George Stephenson High School teacher Adele Rigby for the tremendous amount of volunteering she carries out.

Alex lost both her parents by the time she was 14 and accessed support to help her deal with her grief. Now she works with other young people and would like to pursue a career in social work.

Gold Awards went to:

• North Tyneside Veterans Committee: For their tireless work for over 20 years organising and attending memorial and commemorative events.

• Bob Carpenter, 72, of Battle Hill, Wallsend: For his involvement in helping to improve housing services.

• Eunice Soones of Shiremoor: For her continued support on the Management Committee at Bertrum Grange Community Centre for approximately 50 years.

• Alan Matthews, of North Shields: Nominated for his 21 years as chairman of North Shields Football Club.

• Alan Fidler: For his full-time work as a volunteer and taking the lead in a major project to commemorate those who died in World War One.

• Tom Fry, 73, of Whitley Bay: For his volunteering at Age UK in North Tyneside for almost 13 years.

• George Cuthbertson, 72, of Cullercoats: For his involvement in many voluntary activities for over 50 years including Children North East, Arthritis Care, S.S.A.F.A. and the Royal British Legion.