Editor’s comment: Real award winner was the town itself

Guardian Rose Awards 2014, pictured are winners of the Worksop Guardian Rose Awards 2014 with host Danny Oakes
Guardian Rose Awards 2014, pictured are winners of the Worksop Guardian Rose Awards 2014 with host Danny Oakes
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It was an absolute pleasure to attend the Guardian Rose Awards at the Masonic Hall last Thursday.

There were some truly inspiring stories from people who represent the very best the Worksop community has to offer.

The media is often accused of concentrating only on bad news, and ignoring the good things that are happening on their patches.

These awards are a defiant answer to those claims.

From teachers who go that little bit further to get the best from their pupils, to care home staff who do that bit extra to help residents, to a little boy who picked up his grandma after she fell.

All were represented at the 2014 awards ceremony - and all were rightly celebrated.

The awards night is an opportunity for these selfless individuals to celebrate together, and our eight-page supplement this week allows them to be recognised by the whole town.

The overall winner this year was youngster Travis Irons who had rescued his grandma after her fall in the cemetery - all while dressed as Superman.

Although Travis had left his cape at home for the awards he still cut a dapper figure in his suit and was a deserving winner.

But an even bigger overall winner was the town, which is clearly blessed with some inspiring people.

Anyone who has ever been a victim of car crime will welcome the conviction of a Manton gang who stole hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of cars.

Darren Green, Mason Holt and Joseph Foster preyed on communities across five counties, swiping car keys from properties and making people feel vulnerable in their own homes.

The sentences handed down should be a reminder to other criminals that these offences will be taken very seriously by the courts.