Salute to resort’s deserving heroes

Winner Kallum Warden with Gordon Marsden, Blackpool FC legend Jimmy Armfield, and Mayor of Blackpool Cllr. Sylvia Taylor
Winner Kallum Warden with Gordon Marsden, Blackpool FC legend Jimmy Armfield, and Mayor of Blackpool Cllr. Sylvia Taylor
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COURAGEOUS, caring and community-minded young people from South Shore had their achievements recognised in a glittering awards ceremony.

Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South, organised the Young Local Heroes Awards to celebrate outstanding behaviour in his constituency.

Nominee Jamie Brooke with Gordon Marsden, Blackpool FC legend Jimmy Armfield, Mayor of Blackpool Cllr. Sylvia Taylor and Mayoress Julia Massey

Nominee Jamie Brooke with Gordon Marsden, Blackpool FC legend Jimmy Armfield, Mayor of Blackpool Cllr. Sylvia Taylor and Mayoress Julia Massey

Nominations poured in and judges faced an agonising decision to produce a shortlist from the tales of triumph over adversity, bereavement and bravery.

But in the end, eight young boys were picked to attend a dazzling ceremony at Blackpool Football Club.

Former Blackpool FC legend Jimmy Armfield attended to hand out the prizes, he was joined by Blackpool Mayor Coun Sylvia Taylor as well as other local councillors.

The winner was named as Kallum Warden from Park school. The Year 10 pupil has endured a tough couple of years after losing both his dad and his auntie to cancer. Despite this, Kallum is a key member of the Park School Band, supports younger pupils as a peer mentor, plays a wide variety of sport and has kept smiling throughout.

Nominee Adam Thomas with Gordon Marsden, Blackpool FC legend Jimmy Armfield, Mayor of Blackpool Cllr. Sylvia Taylor and Mayoress Julia Massey

Nominee Adam Thomas with Gordon Marsden, Blackpool FC legend Jimmy Armfield, Mayor of Blackpool Cllr. Sylvia Taylor and Mayoress Julia Massey

Mr Marsden said: “Kallum is an inspirational young man and a very worthy winner.

“The judges found it terribly difficult however as the shortlist contained so many hard working and community-minded young people. I am very grateful to the panel of judges who spent an awful lot of times trying to decide.

“I knew there were lots of examples of good work going on across Blackpool South and the nominations we received just confirmed it.

“It is wonderful to know that there are so many youngsters who are committed to caring for their community and prepared to work hard to help other people.

“I am delighted the Young Hero Awards has allowed us to celebrate their efforts and congratulations go to all of them.”

All the young people received a certificate to mark their nominations. They were also given passes to Merlin attractions for the summer and Tesco vouchers. Winner Kallum was also given a signed Blackpool FC shirt.