Honouring those who make Hartlepool a better place

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A NUMBER of awards have been handed out in recognition of people who have made an effort to brighten up Hartlepool.

Hartlepool Civic Society held its 2014 presentation night after nominations were received from members of the public, organisations and Society members.

The awards revealed some very worthwhile and innovative projects, with the judging panel of Society members having some tough decisions to make.

Mick Westhorp collected the Rose Bowl for The Duke – the new name for the renovated Duke of Cleveland’s summer residence on the Headland which dates back to the 1700s.

Mark and Shaun Hanby received the runner-up trophy for the listed Manor Farm at Dalton Piercy while the trophy for Tourist Potential went to the Waste and Environmental Services Team at Hartlepool Borough Council for the wildflower planting on the A689.

Certificates included St Mary Magdelene Church for the innovative staircase and ramp, which came to fruition after some fantastic teamwork from CDH Electrics, Pioneer Home Improvements, Keith Simpson and a number of parishioners.

Recognition also went to the new student residences at Crown Halls with work carried out by Housing Hartlepool and Gus Robinson.

Residents at 140 Colwyn Road were praised for renovating their railings, while the diversity of the awards was shown with an honour for the new community fire station at the Headland.

The refurbished pavilion at Hartlepool Cricket Club won an awards, as did The Sidings housing development in Mainsforth Terrace and the Butterwick Farm Shop,

Val Lister, honorary secretary of Hartlepool Civic Society, said: “We have an annual awards scheme where we receive nominations from the public, or organisations or our own members.

“We then do a ‘tour’ and at a meeting later the committee decides who shall receive a certificate.

“From those we decide who shall receive one of the silver trophies.

“One of our committee members then goes and takes slides of the projects - they may be for conservation, new building, environmental improvement and such like.

“We then host the presentation evening where each project is described and the guests are shown the slides pertaining to that particular project and then the certificate is presented to the owner, the architect or builder or craftsmen who have been involved.

“There were some excellent entries, and we are grateful to everyone who played a part in making it such a successful event.”