The town celebrated some of its greatest residents last night at a glitzy ceremony for the Pride in Doncaster Awards 2013.
Locals donned their finery and headed to Doncaster Racecourse for an upbeat evening recognising some of the town’s many local heroes.
Breakfast DJ Danny Oakes was compere for the evening and announced the winners of 12 inspirational award categories.
Many of the town’s dignitaries were also in attendance, including Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones who gave a speech and presented a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mrs Jones said: “I’m proud to be born in Doncaster - this is my borough.
“I would like to thank each and every one of you for all that you do because I know you put in hours and hours of your own time to make this a better place for us to live and work and for our children to grow up in.
“People in your community and within this borough have recognised what you do and we should thank everyone for all the efforts they have put in.”
See next week’s Doncaster Free Press for a full round-up.
Love where you live award
Winner: Christine Holliday
Highly commended: Friends of Sandall Park
Council worker of the year award
Winner: Alan Maxfield
Highly commended: Mick Mulligan and Sam Lord
Service with a smile award
Winner: Martin Simpson
Highly commended: Clouds Community Counselling Service
Carer of the year award
Winner: Janet Hall
Highly commended: Andrea Towlerton
Educational person of the year award
Winner: Michelle Rushton
Inspirational young person award
Winner: Ellie Harper
Highly commended: Jamie Monks
Sporting hero award
Winner: Janet Arrowsmith
Highly commended: Joe Sutherland
Fundraiser of the year award
Winner: Barbara Senior
Highly commended: The Eve Merton Dreams Trust
Neighbourhood superstar award
Winner: Peter Singh
Highly commended: Barbara Senior
Winner: Cameron Shaw
Highly commended: Joanne Hobson
Special achievement in the community award
Winner: Peter Singh
Highly commended: James (Jim) Rafferty
Mayor’s lifetime achievement award
Winner: Diane Betts
Highly commended: Benny Wilkinson