Youth awards celebrate inspirational Tendring youngsters

Winners at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL BROWN/TDC

Winners at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL BROWN/TDC - Credit: Archant

Inspirational youngsters from across Tendring were celebrated at a special awards ceremony.

Harwich Inspired Youth at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL BROWN/TDC

Harwich Inspired Youth at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL BROWN/TDC - Credit: Archant

The second Tendring Youth Awards were held at Clacton’s Princes Theatre on Monday night, with 24 people and groups nominated for the nine accolades.

Liam Burgess at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL BROWN/TDC

Liam Burgess at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL BROWN/TDC - Credit: Archant

The judges’ panel took more than four hours deliberating over who won and admitted it had been a very difficult task.

Nicky O’Shaughnessy, director of local delivery, children and families service at Essex County Council, praised all those involved in the awards.

She said: “This event would not be taking place without all of you and your hard work and I thank you all for what you have done.

“But the real stars are the young people.”

Lucas Peri at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL BROWN/TDC

Lucas Peri at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL BROWN/TDC - Credit: Archant

Tendring District Council chairman Mark Platt added: “They are our future and we truly have so many amazing young people who do so much in their communities, families and schools. They are an inspiration to us all.”

Matthew Holmes-Gifford at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL BROWN/TDC

Matthew Holmes-Gifford at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL BROWN/TDC - Credit: Archant

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The Youth Award winners were: • Community Improvement Award – Harwich Inspired Youth Action • Volunteer Award – Matthew Holmes-Gifford • Arts Award – Liam Burgess • Young Carer Award – Briony Armstrong • Learning Achievement Award – Rosanna Day • Outstanding Achievement Award – Nha Vhu • Personal Journey Award – Willow Smith • Special Recognition Award – Lucas Peri • Unsung Hero Award - Debbie Bryant, of Rainbow Theatre Company

A teacher collects Nha Vhu's award on her behalf at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL B

A teacher collects Nha Vhu's award on her behalf at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL BROWN/TDC - Credit: Archant

There were performances by Alton Park School Choir and Stagestruck Academy.

Rosanna Day at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL BROWN/TDC

Rosanna Day at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL BROWN/TDC - Credit: Archant

The event was organised by Bright Futures, Nova Training and Tendring District Council.

Briony Armstrong at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL BROWN/TDC

Briony Armstrong at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL BROWN/TDC - Credit: Archant

Debbie Bryant at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL BROWN/TDC

Debbie Bryant at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL BROWN/TDC - Credit: Archant

Willow Smith at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL BROWN/TDC

Willow Smith at the Tendring Youth Awards 2017. Picture: NIGEL BROWN/TDC - Credit: Archant