Winners of Islington Mayor’s Civic Awards and Ben Kinsella Award revealed

Unsung community heroes were honoured for their positive contributions to life in the borough at a ceremony last night (Thursday).

Winners of the nine Mayor’s Civic Awards and the Ben Kinsella Award were revealed at Islington Assembly Hall, in Upper Street, Islington.

The annual event, sponsored by the Gazette, recognised inspiring individuals including a 94-year-old war veteran who continues to work tirelessly to improve life on his estate, to a group of young people who cleared up a litter-strewn football pitch to kickstart a renaissance of youth sport.

The winners were picked from a flood of nominations by judges Islington Mayor Cllr Phil Kelly, deputy lieutenant Dr Charles Goodson-Wickes, temporary borough commander Simon Corkill and Gazette news editor Aimee Brannen.

Mayor Kelly said: “The Mayor’s Civic Awards and the Ben Kinsella Award are an annual opportunity to give thanks to those special citizens who make our borough a better place.

“Many have worked for years unpaid and without recognition to help their neighbourhood or a friend or family member.

“It’s this public spirit – reflecting the council’s own priorities of service and helping those most vulnerable – that we honour.

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“It’s one of our borough’s strengths in these difficult times that once again a high calibre of nominations were received covering the spectrum of our diverse community.

“Congratulations to all our award winners – you truly deserve your success.”

Geoff Martin, group editor of Archant’s North London titles, which includes the Gazette, presented the awards. He said: “We are very proud to again be associated with the Islington Mayor’s Civic Awards.

“As a newspaper, we are very aware that there are a great many people doing lots of great things in the borough of Islington and we like to highlight that as much as possible. Events like these help to reward people who make a positive and lasting contribution to their communities.”

Winners of the Ben Kinsella Award 2012: The Izzy Cup Crew

Winners of the Mayor’s Civic Awards:

Robert Burbridge

Joy Chamberlin

Anne Gray

George Hussein

Elizabeth Jones

Peter McCafferty

Bill Millet, MBE

Flight Sergeant Chandon Paul

Pearly king and prince of Finsbury, John and Darren Walters

Read next week’s Gazette for more photos and the winner’s stories.