Winners are an example to all

THE Mail’s Pride Of Hartlepool Awards were launched to celebrate the achievements of courageous, brave and dedicated people of all ages.

This was the first year and after such an amazing and emotionally-charged awards ceremony, in which the people of Hartlepool were rightly celebrated and honoured by their peers, the awards are set to become an annual event.

Hartlepool Mail editor Joy Yates

Hartlepool Mail editor Joy Yates

The awards were warmly embraced by local businesses and organisations who backed them from day one and we look forward to their continued commitment.

The level of nominations was amazing and the courage and conviction shown by young and old alike made for what was an extremely emotive and exceptional awards night at Hartlepool College of Further Education.

I opened the ceremony by warning guests they were in for an emotional rollercoaster of an evening and that is exactly how it turned out.

Stories that were heard on the night brought tears to the eyes of many people.

It was a remarkable evening and a real eye-opener to what goes on in our town on a daily basis and the kind of amazing people that we have living in our community.

This 12-page supplement is a keepsake reminder of the evening and a lasting tribute to everyone involved in the awards.

There were 12 categories and three special awards handed out.

You will see and read about every award in this supplement.

Not everyone collected a trophy but everyone was a true winner.

We look forward to showcasing and celebrating Hartlepool’s unsung heroes in 2012 and would urge everyone, when that time comes, to nominate those special people who they feel deserve public recognition.

Community champions do not court publicity for personal reward but their efforts do inspire and bring out the best in others.

It is right that their achievements are celebrated as an example to us all.

They are true heroes.

– Joy Yates