Pride in Breckland Awards 2011
The Pride in Breckland Awards is a ceremony designed to recognise the outstanding achievements made by citizens throughout their own communities.
RAF Marham was proud to host the event on behalf of Breckland Council. RAF Marham Station Commander Gp Capt Pete Rochelle explained: “Awards ceremonies like these are hugely important in the role they play in identifying and celebrating the often unsung heroes that make so much of a difference in our communities.”
The ceremony began in style with drinks and canapés served by the excellent staff of the Officers Mess followed by music from local band JDT Music Group.
Ex Tornado pilot Squadron Leader John Peters, the guest speaker, gave a vivid account of his experiences during the Gulf War that was thrilling and intense. His determination and bravery is mirrored by many of the courageous and remarkable people nominated. Harry Pitchford and Isaac Hurry-Palmer (both ten) pulled a drowning four year old girl from a river to safety, resulting in the Child of Courage Award.
Erica Reynolds won the Safer Breckland prize for her role as Marham’s Youth Worker providing support and activities for the young people of RAF Marham and the local area. As a result of the centre now opening every night and weekend anti-social behaviour figures have dropped dramatically.
The Lifetime Achievement Award was won by Marham’s own Civil Servant Mick Gault who is the most successful English athlete in the Commonwealth Games with 15 medals. He credits much of his success to support from his friends and colleagues at RAF Marham, along with his wife Jan. Mick also presented the Sporting Excellence Award to Danny Nobbs, a 2008 Beijing Olympic Athlete. Finally, the Pride of Breckland Award was given to Nick Loades for his outstanding carer work.
The evening was a resounding success for the participants and nominees.