TV news star honours Clitheroe Youth Forum

Mel Diack, Harry and Morgan receive the award from Ellie Crisell
Mel Diack, Harry and Morgan receive the award from Ellie Crisell

YOUNG members of Clitheroe Youth Forum were crowned one of the five winners of the Rotary Young Citizen Awards 2011.

They came under the national spotlight on Saturday when they collected the award at Rotary’s annual conference in Dublin from news presenter Ellie Crisell. The conference was televised by BBC News 24.

During the ceremony, there was a presentation in front of a thousand Rotarians by youth members Morgan Rawcliffe and Harry Ellis.

Members of the forum took on a mission to honour the sacrifices of local servicemen and women killed during the Second World War. Children as young as nine worked on the Ribble Valley Remembrance project. They used National Lottery funding to create a remembrance roll of honour, Braille book, website and film to remember the forgotten war heroes.

The project highlighted the fact some local veterans had never received their medals, among them 98-year-old Sam Brierley, so the young people sorted that out too!

Chairman Mr Melrose Diack said: “I am delighted our youth group has won this national Rotarian award. This has been a project that has taken over two years of research. It has taken some considerable achievement and all credit to all those youth members involved. The local Rotary organisation recognised our work on this project and nominated us for the award and we won it.”