Evening Post Pride Awards celebrates Swansea's remarkable people
inspirational people who help to make South West Wales such a great place to
live have been celebrated at the first Evening Post Pride Awards ceremony in
It was emotional evening for the nominees and winners, some of whom could not hold back the tears when accepting their awards.
Editor-in-Chief Spencer Feeney described the night as a celebration of the remarkable hard work carried out in the community. The biggest award of the night was the Inspiration Award — a surprise addition to the running order.
At the close of the evening, the award was presented to Staff Sergeant Leigh Davies from Treboeth in honour of his heroism in Afghanistan: his actions stopped a catastrophic strike against British troops by the Taliban.
But he was also accepting the accolade on behalf of all our serving troops.
As Staff Sergeant Davies took the stage, in his uniform, he was given a loud standing ovation of thanks.
However, even though only one person in each of the 10 categories could take home an award, this really was an evening when everyone was a winner.
One of the judges, Swansea Lord Mayor Alan Lloyd, who also presented the Ambassador award, said on the night: "The judges had the most difficult task.
"We saw such a high standard of nominees, and even narrowing them down to a shortlist of three was so difficult.
"However, there are no losers tonight."
Kevin Johns, who won the Ambassador category, said it had been an honour for him to accept the award.
"I'm truly humbled to have won and by the experience," he said. "It was a wonderful evening."
Special guests at the show included Lee Trundle, who was first on his feet when plucky Amy Prosser took the stage to accept her award for Young Person of the Year.
Amy, an ardent Swans fan, was presented with her award by Huw Francis, from Bassett's Group, but Trundle and his skipper Garry Monk were quick to rush over and congratulate her.
Garry, who presented the Sports Coach of the Year award, also spoke of his own pride at being involved in the judging panel.
It was a night of giving all round, even raffle winners were passing on their prizes. The lucky winners of a place in box at the Liberty Stadium decided to give the prize to young Amy. And Swansea Council leader Chris Holley invited the three nominees for the Young Person of the Year award to join him at a match in the stadium.
The first Pride Awards ceremony will undoubtedly have left a lasting impression on everyone involved, from the organisers to the guests.
It was an honour to celebrate the unsung heroes of South West Wales, who quietly change the lives of so many people, without looking for thanks.
And next year we're hoping to do it all again.