Last Thursday (6th of October) at a beautifully decorated Cowes Yacht Haven, individuals from around the Isle of Wight were recognised for their hard work and devotion with a variety of poignant awards.
Before the awards began CEO of Wightfibre, John Irvine took part in a quick-fire Speedtest, just like the daily Isle of Wight Radio competition in which Islanders can win cash prizes (provided by Wightfibre). John took to the stage with Paul Topping and Emily Wells to answer questions.
Wighfibre were proud to once again be the main sponsors for 2016 and John Irvine presented the award of Overall Hero to John Cattle, founder of Wight Trash. John Cattle has worked tirelessly for years now teaching Islanders young and old to skateboard whilst encouraging active lifestyles and confident attitudes.
Gobsmacked @iwightradio@WightFibre overall local hero…unbelievable. Thank you to everyone who nominated me. #skateboarding#IsleofWightpic.twitter.com/N3IS0KjBXh
— Wight Trash (@WightTrashWorld) October 6, 2016
This Year’s Local Heroes:
The Emergency Services Award, sponsored by the Beacon Magazine – A team from Bembridge’s Britten Norman.
Inspirational Leader of the Year, sponsored by Inflight Peripherals – Val Gard.
Carer Award, sponsored by Charmes Care – Paul Dyer.
Inspirational Young Person, sponsored by HTP Apprenticeship Training – Lottie Rann.
Tourism Ambassador, sponsored by Hovertravel – Ron Bavin.
Best Neighbour, sponsored by Marvins Property Sales and Rentals – May Warren.
Volunteer Award, sponsored by the Earl Mountbatten Hospice – Paddy McHugh.
The Make A Difference In The Community Award, sponsored by Island Roads – jointly awarded to Trevor Blaney and Kevin Newton.
Local Heroes Sporting Achiever, sponsored by Premier Ford – Jess Andrews (2016 Olympian).
Customer Service, sponsored by Jewson – Volounteers at Shanklin Theatre.