Inspirational youngsters hailed

OUTSTANDING young people have been rewarded for their efforts at an awards ceremony.

The third annual The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Young People Awards was held at the Borough Hall on the Headland to recognise the achievements of young people aged 11 to 18.

The awards given for outstanding achievement were presented by members of the Youth Parliament and the categories included Duke of Edinburgh special achievements, courage, entertainment, volunteering in the community, project of the year, outstanding contribution to youth work, back on track, academic achievement, sporting success and project of the year.

The winners were:

Young People’s Champion – Michael Mourino;

Courage – Constellation and Friends (a team from Hartlepool Special Needs Support Group);

Entertainment – Red Dreams;

Outstanding Contribution to Youth Work – Zoe Brownless;

Academic Achievement – Gemma Doherty;

Volunteering in the Community – Durham Street Road Safety Group;

Project of the Year – Rossmere Girls Group;

Back on Track – Owen Coverdale;

Sporting Success – Tom Smith.

More than 200 young people, friends and family attended the event, enjoying the presentations and buffet, as well as dancing the night away to the tunes of Taffy’s disco.

A spokesman from Hartlepool Youth Parliament said: “The awards night was a real success and we have received a lot of very nice comments about it.

“We will continue to build upon the success of this event ensuring young people receive the positive publicity they deserve for their achievements in the town.”

To find out more about the awards night or to become part of the Hartlepool Youth Parliament, contact Juliette Ward on (01429) 523900.