Awards bash shows best of today’s youth

Samuel Wilson with Chief Constable Steve Finnigan, Ian Wood, Samlesbury Site Director at BAE Systems and the High Sheriff Peter Mileham.
Samuel Wilson with Chief Constable Steve Finnigan, Ian Wood, Samlesbury Site Director at BAE Systems and the High Sheriff Peter Mileham.

TEENAGERS and young people who have turned their lives around to become role models for others have received awards for their achievements.

Jack Woodburn, 11, from Lancaster and Samuel Wilson, 16, from Morecambe, were amongst others from all over the county commended at the ceremony held at Lancashire Police’s headquarters in Hutton near Preston.

Ashley Thompson, 15, from Blackpool, won the High Sheriff’s Young Citizen of the Year award in recognition of his outstanding achievements.

The High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Young Citizen of the Year Awards, sponsored by BAE Systems, take place every year and involve the current High Sheriff Peter Mileham inviting applications to find a young person who has helped either their local neighbourhood, an individual, family member or local organisation. High Sheriff Peter Mileham said: “These days young people tend to get a bad press because, as often happens, the majority are let down by the actions of a few.

“I am delighted to be able to reverse that trend and celebrate and promote the young people’s achievements and highlight the valuable contribution that they make to the communities in which they live.”

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