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VIDEO: The Sunshine Awards – your winners

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It was all smiles at The Visitor’s annual Sunshine Ball as the town honoured its favourite son.

His daughter Gail Stuart accepted the award on Eric’s behalf to a standing ovation from the 130 guests at the Midland Hotel.

Gail then delivered a speech so hilarious, her dad would have been proud!

The gala night at the Midland hotel was also a triumph for Morecambe Bay Foodbank who won best Community Group, while its co-ordinator Annette Smith took the Unsung Hero prize.

The Nice ‘n’ Sleazy punk festival scooped the Entertainment Award, following on from lead organiser Ivan Harrison winning it last year.

Veteran table tennis coach Ken Richardson was a delighted winner of the Sport Award, beating Morecambe FC manager Jim Bentley and World’s Strongest Man competitor Graham Hicks.

There was a special Culture Award for Howard Rogerson, founder and conductor of Morecambe’s Promenade Concert Orchestra. And Battersby Silver Grey Coaches, in business in the town for more than 65 years, took the Business Award. An auction and raffle on the night helped raise £4,351 for The Visitor’s #SaveOurHospice appeal on behalf of St John’s Hospice. St John’s Hospice choir also performed on the night.

The Ball was sponsored by Wright and Lord Solicitors and hosted by Greg Lambert. TV personality Paul Hayes hosted the auction and his band The Paul Hayes Collection provided live music.

The full list of Sunshine Award winners was:

BUSINESS AWARD

Sponsored by the Arndale 
Centre

WINNER: Battersby Silver Grey Coaches

HIGHLY COMMENDED: 
Promenade Music, Gerry’s Fishing Tackle

COMMUNITY GROUP

Sponsored by Cumberland Building Society

WINNER: Morecambe Bay Foodbank

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Go Morecambe, Morecambe and District Junior Anglers

ENTERTAINMENT AWARD

Sponsored by Morecambe Press

WINNER: The Nice ‘n’ Sleazy punk festival

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Steve Middlesbrough, Howard 
Rogerson

CULTURE AWARD

Howard Rogerson

SPORT AWARD

Sponsored by Johnstone’s 
Decorating Centre

WINNER: Ken Richardson

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jim Bentley, Graham Hicks

UNSUNG HERO AWARD

Sponsored by EDF Energy

WINNER: Annette Smith

HIGHLY COMMENDED: David Brayshaw, Eileen Thomas-Woodhouse

AMBASSADOR AWARD

Sponsored by Wright and Lord

Eric Morecambe

 

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