Rothwell honours its unsung heroes

Kate Ley with Cllr Jim Hakewill

Kate Ley with Cllr Jim Hakewill

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Selfless people who have gone beyond the call of duty were rewarded for their efforts at an award ceremony held in Rothwell earlier this month.

The town reinstated its annual ball for the first time since the mid-1990s as 160 people packed into Tresham Hall in the town on Saturday, October 13, for an evening which included an inaugural prize-giving event.

Andy Stirzaker with Cllr Jim Hakewill

Andy Stirzaker with Cllr Jim Hakewill

Guests also enjoyed music from local bands as well as a four-course meal.

Three residents — Kate Ley, Andy Stirzaker and Wayne Woods — were surprised to be presented with a trophy and a certificate by the mayor of Kettering, Jim Hakewill, and the chairman of Rothwell Town Council, Leisa Russell.

The ball, which also raised £1,700 to help fund a school crossing warden in Rushton Road, was staged by organisers for the first time since 1995.

Alan Mills, a town and district councillor, said: “Recognising people locally, that was our aim.

Wayne Woods with Cllr Jim Harker

Wayne Woods with Cllr Jim Harker

“People imagine that the carnival just gets set up, but it doesn’t. These are all volunteers, and it’s great for the town to see who they are.”

Kate Ley, who was recognised for her work as secretary of the town’s carnival, which celebrated its 50th edition this summer, said her award had been “kind and thoughtful”.

She said: “It was very sweet of them to give me an award.

“But one person doesn’t run the carnival.

“The evening was a great success. The tickets sold out and people seemed to be enjoying themselves.”

Andy Stirzaker was rewarded for his work at the carnival and the party in the park, which celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

He said: “First of all it was a surprise. I feel really honoured.

“I grew up in Rothwell. The town and the people mean a lot to me.

“I like to put a bit more back into the community.”

Wayne Woods, a Kettering Council worker who was thanked for going beyond the call of duty, said he had almost missed the event.

He said: “I was ill on Saturday and I nearly didn’t go.

“But the award made me feel ten times better.”