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Double victory at the Chairman’s awards

Pocklington Dolphins ASC and Lyn and Gerry Grant (Fangfoss Pottery) with their ERYC Chairman's Awards.
Pocklington Dolphins ASC and Lyn and Gerry Grant (Fangfoss Pottery) with their ERYC Chairman's Awards.

A local business and an amateur swimming club from the Pocklington area were proclaimed the best in East Yorkshire at a recent ceremony.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council annually presents Chairman’s Awards to individuals, companies and organisations within the county to recognise their achievements towards enhancing the area in which they live and work.

Pocklington Dolphins ASC was named “Outstanding Team or Club” while Fangfoss Pottery won the “Business under 50 employees” category.

Pocklington Dolphins meet at the Francis Scaife Centre, five nights a week. The club is managed by a team of volunteers, including coaches, assistant coaches, poolside helpers and committee members.

Alan Kendra, chairman and head coach, said: “I’ve been involved with this club for 45 years and winning this award is a real highlight.”

Gerry Grant and his wife Lyn set up Fangfoss Pottery 40 years ago. Gerry said: “We couldn’t believe it when we won.

“Going up to collect the award felt like getting a lifetime achievement at the Oscars.”

The pottery was nominated by Fangfoss Parish Council in recognition of all their achievements in running a pottery for 40 years and their charitable work to increase the awareness of arts and crafts in the East Riding and beyond.

This involved running workshops and encouraging the local community in projects.

All the winners agreed that they had a lovely evening and feel proud to have been respected enough by their communities to have been nominated in the first place. It shows that the Pocklington area of East Yorkshire is a thriving part of the East Riding and has lots going for its residents.