A GLITTERING awards ceremony celebrating the inspirational talent and achievement of Tendring's young people has been hailed a success.

The Tendring Youth Awards was held on Thursday, to honour the young people of the community for their strength and courage in their personal lives.

For the event, held at Clacton's Princes Theatre, there were 23 individuals and groups shortlisted for the prestigious awards after many more nominations.

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The judges said that choosing the winners proved a real task, as so many of the nominees were worthy due to their inspiring stories.

The winners were from a range of ages, demonstrating the variety of young people that really help the community.

Lynda McWilliams, Tendring Council's cabinet member for health and education noted the difficulty in choosing the winners.

“All the nominees should be proud at how hard they’ve worked, and it became such a difficult task to choose between them,” she said.

“It’s wonderful to see beyond the negative stereotypes of young people and celebrate their dedication and good values.

Clacton and Frinton Gazette:

“Not only should the supporting adults be proud, but these amazing young people that do so much, should be proud of themselves and know how much we value them.”

The adults surrounding the young people, such as their carers and parents, were also thanked for the constant support of the young people in their life.

The Tendring Youth Award winners were:

  • Personal Journey – Darryl Russell
  • Outstanding Achievement – Charlie Latimer
  • Young Carer – Leni Burns
  •  Learning Achievement – Emma Spooner
  •  Arts – Bethan Powell
  •  Volunteer – CC Blue Tops
  •  Unsung Hero – Indi Allen
  •  Community Improvement – Beacon Hill Young Volunteers
  •  Special Recognition Award – Tendring Police Cadets