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Pride in Doncaster Awards 2012

The other categories of award included Local Carer of the Year, the best contributors to the Local Community and the Local Neighbourhood, the Service with a Smile Award and the Bravery award.
There were ten awards, with two nominees for each, and most of the nominees, whose ages ranged from 14 to 86, did not even know who had nominated them. 

There were some very moving stories of people's bravery, caring for others and community spirit and the whole evening was a very uplifting experience.

The Local Sporting Hero award nominees were exceptionally modest people.  One of them was a young fireman from Tickhill called Andrew Lansdell, who is a long distance runner and will shortly be running across the Sahara desert for 6 days to raise money for Mencap.

The other nominee was the Bentley Community Cricket Club, the unique feature of which is that it accepts any young players, male or female, of whatever ability from the age of 9 upwards and the gentleman there representing the club told some hilarious stories, including occasions when young girls meant to be fielding in the outfield were sitting down together making daisy chains.

The winner of the Sporting Hero category was Andrew Lansdell and Charles presented him with his award to the accompaniment of much applause and photographs. Charles commented: "He did not want to make a speech and it was a pleasure to see such a genuinely nice lad achieve this recognition."

The Mayor's Lifetime Achievement Award went to the well known local personality Bobbie Roberts, who is an indomitable lady in her seventies, currently chair of the Doncaster Deaf Trust but who has filled many roles in the local community, including being a leading magistrate and chair of the Licensing bench and in overseeing various health initiatives drawing on her experience as a nursing sister. 

Charles said: "Bobbie gave a wonderful acceptance speech, revealing that she has been a lifelong Buddhist and that the highlight of the last year, and obviously a big highlight of her life, had been meeting the Dalai Lama during his visit to Britain.  Her message was one of love and peace and it really summed up the whole atmosphere of the ceremony." 

Another highlight of the awards was a slide show of Doncaster Icons, which consisted of photographs and a brief biography of numerous well known personalities who came from the Doncaster region. These included Ted Hughes, the former poet laureate, who was born in Mexborough, Lord Porter a former Nobel Prize Winner for chemistry who went to Thorne Grammar School and came from Stainforth, and Michael Denison who with his wife Dulcie Gray, formed a well known stage double act from the 1940's onwards.

There were also numerous sporting and music legends from the Doncaster area although clearly the slides were not quite up to date since there was no mention of Louis Tomlinson (of One Direction fame) nor of Sir Patrick Duffy, the former MP and chairman of the NATO Council, who at the age of 92 is presently on a lecture tour of North America !




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