HEROES were celebrated in York as the winners of this year’s Community Pride Awards were presented with their prizes.

The annual awards, held on Thursday night, recognise those who go above and beyond to support communities in the city in different ways.

This year, entries flooded in from readers keen to highlight the unsung heroes - but only one winner could be chosen from each category. All of the winners were given their trophies by the sponsor of each of the individual categories in the awards - a number of which were added to recognise the tireless efforts of people during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nigel Burton, editor of The Press, who spoke at the ceremony, said: “There is an astonishing number of people working behind the scenes across the York area to make life easier for others less fortunate than themselves.

“These volunteers have their moment in the spotlight so that others can be inspired by their efforts and join them in helping to provide the glue that holds our community together.”

The pictures at the event were taken by photographer, David Harrison.