Nominate your local hero for a Community Pride Award

York Community Pride Person Of The Year, Brian Hughes, with Marc Bell, of Benenden Healthcare, at the event last year

York Community Pride Person Of The Year, Brian Hughes, with Marc Bell, of Benenden Healthcare, at the event last year

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by

A MAN who has spent years working tirelessly to encourage people to play sport in York has spoken of his delight at being named Person Of The Year at last year’s Community Pride Awards.

Brian Hughes founded the Knavesmire Harriers running club, started the Brass Monkey half marathon and the R U Taking the P? run to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer charities, and has also taught scores of people karate and swimming at classes in York.

He was honoured in The Press’s awards in October 2013, and said: “It’s lovely to get an award like this. You do things because you enjoy them, but it is very nice to rewarded as well.”

He is encouraging others to put people forward for the awards to help them get the recognition they deserve for their hard work.

“You can buy someone a bunch of flowers or send them a card to show you appreciate them, but this is much bigger way of recognising them.”

The awards ceremony in October was an emotional evening with “tears of joy” he said, and gave him chance to meet other charity workers from York and promote his event.

“It was a great night and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Press does a great job, and it’s an opportunity for people like me to plug their events and their charities. It’s a great way of getting media coverage for your charities and it can lead to others things.”

The Community Pride Awards have 13 categories: Spirit of Youth, Public Sector Hero, Charity Fundraiser Of The Year, Child Of The Year, Teacher Of The Year, Volunteer Of The Year, Health Service Hero, Sporting Hero, Person Of The Year, Parent Of The Year, Service With A Smile, Best Community Project, and Best Primary School Project.

Details and a nomination form are available at yorkpress.co.uk/communitypride, and entries close on July 18. 

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9:45am Thu 6 Mar 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

James Alexander. He has restored my faith in the ability of a sales rep to carry out the biggest change to York’s traffic management for decades. Lendal bridge, Coppergate, Bus lane down holgate, double yellows in a parking bay, new/ same ring road roundabouts and not to forget 20 is plenty (thankfully now down every street on tadcaster road where you can not even exceed 20mph as its a cul de sac). All going over budget by a minor 300%. The majority would have said no to these schemes but James had the determination and arrogance to look past this and to do what is right for his wallet, Council members and beliefs. Ignoring the public & tourists has been key to his success.. James i salute you. No one else could have taken an existing turd and made it smell and look worse like you have...
James Alexander. He has restored my faith in the ability of a sales rep to carry out the biggest change to York’s traffic management for decades. Lendal bridge, Coppergate, Bus lane down holgate, double yellows in a parking bay, new/ same ring road roundabouts and not to forget 20 is plenty (thankfully now down every street on tadcaster road where you can not even exceed 20mph as its a cul de sac). All going over budget by a minor 300%. The majority would have said no to these schemes but James had the determination and arrogance to look past this and to do what is right for his wallet, Council members and beliefs. Ignoring the public & tourists has been key to his success.. James i salute you. No one else could have taken an existing turd and made it smell and look worse like you have... Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: 8

10:02am Thu 6 Mar 14

Batman Begins says...

Archiebold the 1st wrote:
James Alexander. He has restored my faith in the ability of a sales rep to carry out the biggest change to York’s traffic management for decades. Lendal bridge, Coppergate, Bus lane down holgate, double yellows in a parking bay, new/ same ring road roundabouts and not to forget 20 is plenty (thankfully now down every street on tadcaster road where you can not even exceed 20mph as its a cul de sac). All going over budget by a minor 300%. The majority would have said no to these schemes but James had the determination and arrogance to look past this and to do what is right for his wallet, Council members and beliefs. Ignoring the public & tourists has been key to his success.. James i salute you. No one else could have taken an existing turd and made it smell and look worse like you have...
I nominate Archiebold the 1st.
His post gave me a good belly laugh! :-)
Salutations Sir/Madam!
[quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: James Alexander. He has restored my faith in the ability of a sales rep to carry out the biggest change to York’s traffic management for decades. Lendal bridge, Coppergate, Bus lane down holgate, double yellows in a parking bay, new/ same ring road roundabouts and not to forget 20 is plenty (thankfully now down every street on tadcaster road where you can not even exceed 20mph as its a cul de sac). All going over budget by a minor 300%. The majority would have said no to these schemes but James had the determination and arrogance to look past this and to do what is right for his wallet, Council members and beliefs. Ignoring the public & tourists has been key to his success.. James i salute you. No one else could have taken an existing turd and made it smell and look worse like you have...[/p][/quote]I nominate Archiebold the 1st. His post gave me a good belly laugh! :-) Salutations Sir/Madam! Batman Begins
  • Score: 4

4:03pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Idris Gawr says...

I nominate Alexander.
I nominate Alexander. Idris Gawr
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