Local heroes were recognised at the first Winsford Town Mayor’s Oscars Evening last week.

More than 250 people attended the event at Winsford Lifestyle Centre which celebrated residents’ achievements and contributions to community life.

Prizers were handed out for awards including Citizen of the Year, School Project of the Year and Entrepeneur of the Year.

The CLAW group, which comprises Crook Lane and Wharton Gardens residents who work to improve their local environment, won the community initiative of the year award and the overall Hollywood Walk of Fame-inspired Walk of Contribution award.

A raffle raised nearly £400 for the the Winsford Youth Forum and St Luke’s Hospice, the town mayor’s two chosen charities.

Town mayor Mike Kennedy said: “It was a fabulous evening, with everyone from the compere, the performers and of course all the ‘Oscar’ nominees being from this great town of ours. Winsford and its people often don’t get the praise they deserve and the evening was a wonderful way of celebrating their achievements.

“I am extremely grateful to all our sponsors, without whose support the evening would not have been possible.”

The glittering event opened with a rousing Hollywood number by local singer Krystal, before compere Don Reid introduced the various ‘Oscar’ awards, and the audience was entertained with performances by Sam Lyon, Minibeat, Megan Delaney, Will Garner, Sam Bithell and Purple Tonez.

The latest creation of prolific YouTube filmmaker Mark Curzon, who lives in the area, had its world premiere on the evening.

The evening ended with a bang with fireworks and a confetti shower.