The Mayor’s Pride of Swindon Awards again provided an opportunity to recognise the ordinary citizens of the town doing extraordinary things for the good of the community.
The sixth award afternoon took place on 13 March at STEAM museum with 25 individuals and 10 nominated teams people receiving certificates. Thirteen people were selected to receive the coveted enamel Pride of Swindon badge and five groups were presented with team awards.
Sadly town crier Fred Ferris was absent from opening the event as he died late in 2013 and 15 year old singer Charlie-Anne Bradfield was asked to launch proceedings. But Fred’s contribution to the town was recognised with a posthumus award
Former mayor of Swindon councillor Steve Wakefield restarted the awards in 2008 after a conversation in 2007 with Swindon Link magazine publisher Roger Ogle who complained that the award scheme launched in 2003 by mayor Stan Pajak had been allowed to lapse by his successor.
For the last six years Shirley Ludford, station manager at community radio station, Swindon 105.5, has hosted the ceremony with easy going charm and great time-keeping. She said: “It was another brilliant day which showed what great people we have in Swindon. Every year the event has gone from strength to strength; several people chosen to step forward were emotional about being chosen.”
The present mayor of Swindon coun Nick Martin told the audience: "The town has such a wide range of groups which rely on so many people who make such an enormous commitment to our community."
Some of the winners of the Pride of Swindon Brunel badge pictured by Richard Wintle of Calyx, from the top:
The team from Kids United