Derbyshire Excellence in the Community Awards

Buxton Dome 21st October 2008

Arriving at the Dome Buxton (the largest dome in Europe we were informed) the venue, in time for the pre award ceremony buffet, to avail ourselves of some delightful delicacies on the laden tables and indulge in the drink of our choice.

Kevin and I took in the atmosphere along with all the other award winners, full of trepidation for the evening ahead. At the given time everyone then moved across to the prepared seating area in front of the stage.

Opening the ceremony, Coun. John Williams Leader of Derbyshire County Council welcomed all the award winners who were accompanied by their nominators and family member of their choice to the awards evening and praised all the recipients for their contributions to the community.


The two presenters from BBC Radio Derby Andy Potter and Matt Barlow then introduced the host for the evening Council Chair, Coun. Joyce Sanders who would be presenting the awards assisted by Coun. Anne Western the DCC Deputy Leader.

Commencing to read the citations before announcing the winners on stage, the two presenters progressed through the 60 individual, groups and organisation whose winning categories included. Volunteering, Fundraising, Improving Life and Protecting Derbyshire.

After listening to 41 announcements it was my turn to listen to the edited version of the citation submitted by my nominator Derek Robotham of New Whittington, this included the 50 years of involvement mostly as manager of the Chesterfield Toppers/Musketeers Showbands, giving unswerving devotion and commitment to helping young people in the community to forge strong friendships and interests in music.

These efforts sometimes in difficult times thoroughly deserve recognition and he is a credit to Chesterfield, before taking the stage for the presentation of the framed certificate and unique glass plaque award.

The evening was concluded with remarks from the Chief Executive of the DCC, Nick Hodgson, giving thanks for the people who had been involved with the evening procedures.

Further photographs were then taken on stage to conclude one of the proudest moments of my life being rewarded for doing something I have enjoyed for 55 years.

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