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Praises sung for county's unsung heroes

PUBLISHED: 04:23 22 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:24 03 March 2010

UNSUNG heroes took centre stage in a ceremony that threw the spotlight on the wealth and diversity of community activities going on in Suffolk.

Babergh District Council's community achievement awards give recognition to the contributions made by people aged under 18 and adults.

UNSUNG heroes took centre stage in a ceremony that threw the spotlight on the wealth and diversity of community activities going on in Suffolk.

Babergh District Council's community achievement awards give recognition to the contributions made by people aged under 18 and adults. From youth club volunteers to hospital visitors, the awards covered every part of the district from Sudbury to Shotley and Nedging with Naughton to Stoke by Nayland.

Described as Suffolk's answer to the Brit Awards, the glittering ceremony was held at the Stoke by Nayland golf club.

BBC Radio Suffolk's Mark Murphy presided over the ceremony, sponsored by Sudbury firm, Prolog.

The under 18 award winners were: Paul Adams, 16, Adam Colwill, 16, Robert Everett, 16, and Dale Stanford, 15, of the Shotley Massive, Christopher Rix, 16, from Alpheton, Emma Lough and Grant Fryatt both 16 from Great Cornard, Gemma Hanratty, 17, from Great Cornard and Myfanwy Turner, 17, from Royal Hospital School Holbrook.

The full list of winners in the over 18 awards is: Jennifer Jones from Copdock, Dr Mac Speake from Bildeston, Rosey Nicholls from Boxford, Ian Bryce from Hintlesham, Teresa Easton from Copdock and Washbrook, Dr Derek Walker from Harkstead, Yvonne Catchpole from Chelmondiston, Ernest and Rachel Eagle from Holton St Mary, Major Mary Hartley from Hadleigh, Belissa Graves from East Bergholt, Ken Riley from Layham, Barbara Riddleston from Groton, Gloria Powell from Hadleigh, Graham Gilbert from Sudbury, Lynne Kilshaw from Polstead, Merial Granville Smith from Stoke by Nayland, Betty Baylis from Nedging with Naughton Rodney Lambert from Shotley, Joy Wellings from Whatfield, and Norah Orriss from Kersey.

A special award went to retired Hadleigh High School schoolteachers Mel and Roy Plumbly of Whatfield for their contribution to thousands of schoolchildren and to the wider community.

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