Region Rocks at awards

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A SHOP and an environment tutor are celebrating after being recognised by East Riding Council for their efforts.

The Chairman’s Awards were held recently at Bridlington Spa, where categories were won by The Rocking Horse Shop in Fangfoss, and Melbourne’s Annette Atkin.

Individuals, companies and community groups were recognised and honoured for being the best in the East Riding across a range of categories, from built heritage to the economy and from environment to social well-being.

The plush evening ceremony was attended by BBC local news reader Claire Frisby, who handed over the awards with East Riding chairman, Councillor David Rudd from Market Weighton.

The event marked the end of his year in office.

He hailed the evening as a huge success and praised the winners for their outstanding achievements.

He said: “I would like to congratulate all the award winners. They are all local people who have made a significant contribution to the East Riding.

“Their success shows the level of good work going on in the East Riding and what a vibrant place it is.”

The Rocking Horse Shop won the business category with under 50 employees.

Established in 1975, they design and make rocking horses from scratch. Jane Cook of the Rocking Horse Shop believes employee appreciation has been the key to the company’s success and in helping win the award.

She said: “The Rocking Horse Shop provides a pleasant place to work and we value and appreciate our employees.

“This award is great recognition for our company and will be cherished by all our staff.”

Meanwhile, Annette Atkin was overjoyed by her award in the environmental category.

She works as a tutor at Sutton-on-Derwent Primary School where she encourages youngsters to recycle and compost, grow their own food, collect eggs from the school chickens and sell the produce on to local people.

She said: “Our aim at Sutton-on-Derwent is to encourage the children to be more aware of their surroundings and to appreciate what is all around them.

“I enjoy my work and it is great that the school has the vision to include the subject in the curriculum. This award is really for the school, as it is a team effort at the end of the day.”

The awards were one of the last official events to be hosted by Councillor David Rudd, before he hands over the reins of the chairman’s office to Pocklington’s Councillor Kay West.