Report on Pride of Houghton 2019




The annual Pride of Houghton Awards returned this year to celebrate the achievements and success of some truly remarkable residents of the town. The award nominees, local businesses and the Deputy Mayor were just some of the guests that attended the event held at Houghton Regis Memorial Hall on Saturday 12th October 2019.

The Pride of Houghton Awards was first held in autumn 2003 and has been held annually since then. Each year nominations for the Pride of Houghton Awards are invited from residents during March until August; and the scheme is advertised on fliers, the Town Council website and the Town Crier Newsletter. Chosen by the public, the nominees are often from all walks of life and of all ages, their achievements are remarkable and a lesson to us all.

The Deputy Mayor, Cllr Tracey McMahon opened the event to the audience of almost one hundred special guests, which included the Mayor of Dunstable. Eight Pride of Houghton Awards and Highly Commended certificates were presented, as well as trophies from the Carnival.

The event included a table buffet, Bingo hosted by DJ Big Man Craig, and a video presentation of previous winners.

The following awards were given out on the evening;

• Individual Award Winner – Josephine Jarvis
Sponsored by Perfect Profiles and presented Damian Edwards of Perfect Profiles.
• Individual Award ‘Highly Commended’ – Dawn Kingsley
Sponsored by Perfect Profiles and presented by Damian Edwards of Perfect Profiles.
• Local Group Award Winner – Donna’s Dance School
Sponsored by The Safer Luton Partnership, presented by Felicia Bailey
• Local Group ‘Highly Commended’ – Streetlife
Sponsored by The Safer Luton Partnership, presented by Felicia Bailey.
• Local organisation – Houghton Regis Heritage Society
Sponsored by Proludic and presented by Annabel Brown of Proludic.
• Local organisation – ‘Highly Commended’ Streetlife
Sponsored by Proludic and presented by Annabel Brown of Proludic.
• Carer Award Winner – Sarah Cremin
Sponsored by D&I Family Butchers and presented by Dean Rudelhoff of D&I Family Butchers.
• Carer Award Winner ‘Highly Commended’ – (winner to be notified at time of going to press)
Sponsored by D&I Family Butchers and presented by Dean Rudelhoff of D&I Family Butchers.
• Local Hero Award Winner –(winner to be notified at time of going to press)
Sponsored by Zebra Properties and presented by Zaky Pasha of Zebra Properties.
• Local Business Award Winner – Go Houghton
Sponsored by of Spicer & Co Accountants presented by Steve and Suzanne Spicer
• Local Business Award ‘Highly Commended’ – Meaningful Education
Sponsored by of Spicer & Co Accountants presented by Steve and Suzanne Spicer.
• Lifetime Achievement Award – Roger Turner
Sponsored by Vauxhall Motors and presented by Councillor Ken Wattingham.
• Lifetime Achievement Award ‘Highly Commended’ – David Hill
Sponsored by Vauxhall Motors and presented by Councillor Ken Wattingham.

• Mayor’s Choice Award – Streetlife
Sponsored by the Town Mayor of Houghton Regis, Councillor Martin Kennedy and presented by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Tracey McMahon.

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The Olive Burgess Shield for the most support on, or before, Carnival Day was presented to Houghton Regis Youth Council for the support with the Carnival Town Council events and the St Vincent’s Trophy, for the most help and support from an individual at the Carnival, on or before the day, was presented to Carol Butler for her help and support with the Carnival, and in particular the design and work on the Town Council floats. The awards were presented by Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the Events Working Group, Councillor Tracey McMahon.

Houghton Regis Town Council would like to take the opportunity to thank the following sponsors of the event for all of their support and help in making this year’s Pride of Houghton a real success: D&I Butchers, Creative Decorations, Frugal Frog, Lisa Roberts Catering, Perfect Profiles, Proludic, Safer Luton Partnership, Spicer & Co, Vauxhall Motors and Zebra Properties.

Photos by Joanna Cross Photography

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