SEAFORD: New awards honour town’s youth talent

Some of the youngsters who took part in the event
Some of the youngsters who took part in the event

THE first Seaford Young Mayor’s Awards proved a popular event which saw the town’s youth recognised for their talents.

The event, held at Seaford Baptist Church on April 1, was hosted by Young Mayor, Ellie Homan, and her deputy, Maddie Jay. The categories included Young Performer, Sport, Youth Group and Adults Supporting Youth Activities with awards also for bravery and young carers.

Dignitaries at the evening included Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex, David Allam; Kathy Gore, High Sheriff of East Sussex; Seaford MP Norman Baker; Lynton Golds, principal at Seaford Head Community College and a number of councillors and mayors from surrounding towns.

Jill Allen, mayoress of Seaford, in attendance with the town’s mayor Councillor Bob Allen, described the night as ‘absolutely brilliant’.

The awards night, which saw performances from Spoonys Street Dance Group and Young Performer winners Shannon Smith and Phillip McMullen, was sponsored by the Big Lottery Fund, Drusillas Park, Wave Leisure and Inter Sport, Seaford.

The winners were as follows:

Sport - presented by Brighton and Hove Albion young player James Smith and Wave Leisure trustee Councillor Eddie Collict: 1 Alexander Stonard; 2 Matthew Acton; 3 Hayley Bennett. Highly Commended: Brent Stonard, Sarah Townsend, Katie Burr and Alice Charlesworth.

Adults Supporting Youth Activities: 1: Karen Waddington, Up and Downs Trampoline Club; 2 Tom Gwilliam, Seaford Lifeguards; 3 Pat White, Music Teacher and Director. Highly Commended: Karen Ellingham, Seaford Town Junior Football, Rachel Ayres, Youth Support Worker and Sam Whittaker, Youth Support Worker.

Young Performer: Joint 1 Jasmin Bower, Phillip McMullen and Shannon Smith. Seaford Rising Stars: Matthew Keller and Briana Kelly. Highly Commended: Amy Gough and Jo Salter.

Youth Group: 1 The Hive Youth Group. Runners up: 2nd Seaford (St Leonards) Brownies and Spoonys Street Dance Group.

Awards were presented for Bravery and Young Carers by Seaford Mayor Bob Allen, Deputy Mayoress Jill Cornforth and Head of PR at Drusillas Park, Claire Peters to: Rhys Watkins, Matthew Templeman, Kayleigh Matthews, Aimee Helm, Declan Sullivan, Will Smith and Joshua Rudd.

The first Seaford Young Mayor’s Award was made to Jo Salter for her work in the community both in Seaford and abroad and her dedication to the performing arts.

After the awards, Norman Baker MP announced the winner of the election for new Deputy Young Mayor, Amy Gough, as Ellie Homan crowned her Deputy, Maddie Jay, as the new Seaford Young Mayor for 2011/12.