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Celebrating our Community Heroes

27 February 2017

It was another night of celebration for local community group Tidy Randalstown as Teresa Duffy picked up a Litter Hero award at the first ever Live Here Love Here Community Awards.

Organised by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful and hosted by Lesser Spotted Ulster star Joe Mahon, the awards ceremony was filled with inspirational tales from volunteers who have and continue to instil pride in our local communities through practical environmental action.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Scott commented; “On behalf of the people of the Borough, I would like to congratulate Teresa on winning her much-deserved award. She is a true inspiration and I am delighted her work and dedication to the community has been recognised. I would also like to congratulate Tidy Randalstown and Glas- Na- Bradan Conservation Association who received an honorary mention for the Spirit of Live Here Love Here award.”

Guests on the evening were entertained by music from talented, young musicians Fourte Strings and The Matt Evans Jazz Quartet. Adventurer, Leon McCarron was the guest speaker for the night, encouraging volunteers to have a tenacious attitude in the face of adversity. Martyn Todd, a Live Here Love Here Ambassador and member of the Saintfield Development Association spoke of the journey of Live Here Love Here over the past 3 years, from the seedling civic pride campaign to the flourishing Live Here Love Here programme that it is today.

In total twelve awards were presented, rewarding work such as litter picks, community involvement and going above and beyond all expectations. The bespoke award pieces, made out of recycled materials, were created by Sue Tinkler, Tinklertastic.

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