A COMMUNITY came together to honour its unsung heroes at the 16th annual Blacon Awards.
Blacon High School hosted the celebrations – sponsored by the Leader and the Chester and District Standard – which saw individuals and organisations recognised for the contributions they make to life in Blacon.
Guests enjoyed performances from The Arches Community Primary School, Highfield Community Primary School, Dee Point Primary School, J H Godwin Primary School and St Theresa's Catholic Primary School along with the Blacon High School band.
Long-standing volunteer Stephen Perry compered the evening, which was attended by Blacon councillors Carolyn Graham, Marie Nelson and Reggie Jones as well as Chester MP Stephen Mosley and the Blacon area policing team.
Stephen told guests: “Wonderful things happen in Blacon, but those things could not be made possible without wonderful people like you.”
Guests filled the room with applause when the winners of the four major awards were announced, although all those nominated were thanked and congratulated for their valuable contributions.
Ann Caslin, who gives endless hours of her time to the Blacon community, was the deserving winner of the Joe Rose Lifetime Achievement Award, named in honour of the late community stalwart who was known as ‘Mr Blacon’.
Dee Point Primary School pupil Dominika Brondke won the Kath Evans Young Inspiration Award for demonstrating great talent, ability and flair in all areas of her schoolwork.
Mrs Evans, who died last year, served the Blacon community for more than 50 years and was known for organising and baking cakes for Highfield Community Primary School fundraisers.
Martin Dean, who lives on Canterbury Road, collected the Harold Tomlins Community Commitment Award from Stephen Mosley MP.
Martin organises charity football tournaments and volunteers with Blacon Youth Football Club.
Blacon High School head boy Elliot Pye won the Blacon Education Village Outstanding Achievement Award.
Volunteers from the Vintage Blacon group were the winners of the Community Team Award.
The group, based at the United Reformed Church on Saughall Road, provides an exceptional service to the older members of the community.
Activities include support for walking groups, lunch clubs, foot clinics, films and carpet bowls.
There was special thanks for the organisers and sponsors of the awards, which included Avenue Services, Arriva, Cheshire Police, Blacon Education Village, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, Chester Voluntary Action and Tesco.
Congratulations to our long-standing volunteer, Ettie Thompson, who received a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year honours list January 2013.