Community heroes and volunteers were honoured at the Pride of Nelson Awards.

Nelson Town Council hosted the awards to recognise to celebrate individuals, groups and organisations that have managed to 'achieve great things and have given back to their community'.

The ceremony at Fence Gate Inn on Thursday was attended by local councillors and finalists from ten categories. Special guests included the Mayor and Mayoress of Councillor Neil Butterworth, Mayoress Victoria Fletcher and MP for Pendle, Andrew Stephenson 

Chair of Events at Nelson Town Council, Cllr Sadia Bashir said: 'To be amongst so many inspirational individuals, who selflessly support others was an honour in itself and it was wonderful to be able to provide a platform to recognise them. 

"I felt truly proud to be a Nelsoner knowing that this is what Nelson represents - a diverse community who is dedicated to improve the lives of others.

"A huge congratulations to all the very worthy finalists and award winners.

"A special thank you to all our sponsors without whom our event wouldn't have been possible and our independent panel of judges to dedicated their valuable time to this event."

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Chairman of Nelson Town Council, Zafar Ali said: “The ceremony was a true reflection of Nelson’s diversity. The celebration of the achievements of soo many invaluable individuals who had phenomenal success stories to tell was very touching. 

"I’d like to congratulate all the nominees, finalists and winners once again - you truly are the pride of Nelson.”

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Full roll of honour:

Sports Achievement - Manawar Bashah
Arts Achievement - Community Arts by ZK
Education Award - Harrington's Learning Centre
Community Group Award - Rise Support
Enterprise Award - Wajed Iqbal,Licensing4U
Health and Wellbeing Award - Mudassar Ali Rafiq
Community Contribution - Nelson Community Masjid
Youth Leadership - Maryam Rani and Fatima Zoha
Volunteer Award - James Foy, Curry on the street
Lifetime Achievement Award - Philip McIvor, Farmhouse Biscuits