Whalley men are honoured as ‘unsung heroes’ in community

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UNSUNG community heroes from the Ribble Valley were honoured at a special event organised by Lancashire County Council.

Residents from across the county had been nominating people who have gone that extra mile to make a difference to someone’s life or their community.

Community stalwart Mr Mel Diack, from Whalley, was awarded for his involvement in a number of projects with young people and his role as chairman of Clitheroe Youth, while another Whalley man, Mr Simon Kerrins, who manages the local pub football team and used to host a radio programme for Ribble Valley Media at no charge, was also recognised for his hard work.

County Coun. Chris Holtom, welcomed the nominees and award-winners to this prestigious celebration event to formally recognise and thank them for their effort and valuable contribution. He said: “There are hundreds of people across the county who put in a lot of hard work to do something for their community.

“They don’t necessarily have to be part of a formal group or registered as a volunteer, they may simply do something that makes a huge contribution to someone’s life. In many cases, they may not even realise what they’re doing is hugely valued.

“However, it’s only right they get rewarded for the good work they do.”