THE 22nd annual ScottishPower /Trinity Mirror Your Champions Awards toasted heroes from across the region on Friday.
Community champions gathered for the red carpet treatment at The Crowne Plaza Hotel as glowing tributes were paid to those unsung and selfless community stalwarts who have given so much to our region.
Young and old heroes from towns, villages, schools and community organisations mingled with local celebrities, MPs, civic dignitaries and representatives from ScottishPower and Trinity Mirror Cheshire.
This year has been particularly memorable, a year blighted by recession put financial and social strains upon our communities.
Amid the economic gloom the champions from across our circulation area have yet again shone through by reminding everyone that so often the most important things in life are free.
Once again, guests of the popular event learned of the acts of bravery and courage from those who had triumphed over adversity.
Carl Wood, Trinity Mirror Cheshire publishing director, hailed it as his favourite event of the year and reminded guests that a champion, by definition is “An ardent defender or supporter of a cause or another person.”
Carl added: “We are very proud to be associated with and support this fantastic initiative.
“It would not be possible without the champions and tonight we are celebrating the achievements of some very special people.”
ScottishPower has been proud co-sponsors of the award for 22 years which has paid tribute to some extraordinary and unique characters.
Raymond Jack, managing director of energy retail for ScottishPower, explained: “We are genuinely proud to be associated with this event.
He added: “The event shines on the vast amount of charitable work being done in the area and the people that make a real difference in the community.”
Special guests of the evening included ITV presenter Trevor Green who compered and Snooker Champion and Strictly Come Dancing star Willie Thorne.
The snooker star said: “The world today is a very strange place, which is why I am so honoured to be here.
He added: “It’s great to be talking about and listening to champions and learn about how they have.”